It was a busy, productive week in Yukon’s Legislative Assembly. Members of the Liberal Caucus have been hard at work for Yukoners. Below is a weekly roll-up touching on topics from question period, and highlights of important motions, tributes and bills.
What is the Yukon Financial Advisory Panel?
This week in the Legislative Assembly, the Yukon Financial Advisory Panel was an important topic of discussion.
The Yukon Financial Advisory Panel is an independent panel that will advise the Government of Yukon on options concerning financial policies and tools that will help build a sound and sustainable financial future for Yukon. Panel members were chosen for their expertise, familiarity with the Yukon context, and experience providing similar advice to other governments in Canada. Learn more about who is involved, and how the conversation will include Yukoners here.
How we’re changing Tendering and Procurement
We know that Yukon businesses create jobs. With fair procurement processes, Yukon businesses can compete and grow.
The money the Yukon government spends plays an important role in our economy, and with more Yukon government spending staying in the territory, all Yukoners benefit. Ensuring that government tendering and procurement brings benefits to Yukoners is a top priority of our Caucus.
What We’re Doing
As part of our commitment to creating good jobs in a sustainable environment, we are bringing forward changes that will increase the ability of local businesses and First Nations to secure government contracts. These include implementing the recommendations of the Procurement Advisory Panel Report within two years. We are also committed to creating a detailed 5-year Capital Plan that will create certainty and inform the local business community.
Our Caucus will continue working in collaboration with First Nation Development Corporations, businesses and industry to build a strong economic future for Yukon.
Highlight of government motions
Porter Creek Centre MLA Paolo Gallina received unanimous support for his motion acknowledging the generous contribution of RyanWood Exploration to Yukon athletes on their journey to the Olympics to compete in cross-country skiing. Read more.
Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton received unanimous approval for this call to support the efforts of the Vuntut Gwitchin as they lobby for the protection of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd. Read more.
Bills debated this week
This week in the Legislative Assembly, we debated the 2017/18 Budget, as well as National Aboriginal Day Act, an act to make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday in Yukon. Our Budget passed the 2nd reading in the Legislature with the support of the NDP. We were also happy to see National Aboriginal Day Act receive unanimous approval at 2nd reading.
This week’s Tributes
Sexual Assault Prevention Month
Yukon territorial Skills Competition
Yukon Mining and Geology Week
Susan Craig’s contribution to Yukon’s mining industry
Yukon Women in Mining
Dr. Charlie Roots
National Mental Health Week
Yukon Young Authors’ Conference
International Midwives Day
Tantalus Ridge Run