Statement from Copperbelt North MLA Ted Adel
November 18, 2020
“Today, for the third time this sitting, we are asking the Members of the Legislative Assembly to vote on
whether they think Yukon should be in a State of Emergency. It is a simple question, but the last two
times we brought the issue forward, the conservative Yukon Party took pains to avoid a vote.
Yukon Party MLAs have consistently refused to take a stand on the issue, preferring to avoid the issue by
reading HANSARD transcripts, old notes and press releases in the Legislative Assembly.
Why does the Yukon Party refuse to vote on whether Yukon should be in a State of Emergency?
The State of Emergency enables the Yukon government to take action to protect the health and safety of
Yukoners. This includes border restrictions, self-isolation requirements for those entering the territory,
and the requirement for those transiting through the territory to do so within 24 hours and stick to their
designated route. Under the State of Emergency, the government has also provided relief to tenants and
landlords impacted by COVID-19.
Does the Yukon Party want to end the State of Emergency?
Do they want to end border restrictions that keep Yukoners safe?
Do they want to end self-isolation requirements?
Do they want to end support for tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19?
Why won’t they say?
Yukon Party MLAs have consistently criticized the restrictions put in place under the State of Emergency. The Yukon Party MLA for Watson Lake recently called for easing border restrictions with Alberta.
Do they agree that we should be in a State of Emergency or not?
Today we’ll find out if they’ll take a stand or continue to dodge the question.”