WHITEHORSE – Under the leadership of Currie Dixon, the Yukon Party has once again prioritized politics over the wellbeing of Yukoners, voting against Budget 2023-24 and opposing government efforts to make life more affordable for people across the territory.
“Here in Dawson, as we deal with the aftermath of flooding, I’m grateful that Budget 2023-24 contained a significant contingency fund that can be allocated towards emergencies and other natural disasters. It’s concerning that the Yukon Party Caucus voted against this kind of relief for Yukoners when they know that the impacts of climate change and a global economic downturn have made life more difficult for many of us,” said Finance Minister and MLA for Klondike Sandy Silver.
Under the leadership of Premier Ranj Pillai and Finance Minister Sandy Silver, the Yukon Liberal Government passed a budget that included a $5.3 million Inflation Relief Rebate, an additional $808,000 for Yukon seniors who receive the Income Supplement, $3.9 million in subsidies and supports for renters, and nearly $60 million for climate change initiatives, including additional money for flood mapping and forecasting, as well as a $50 million contingency fund to address emergencies. Unfortunately, every single Yukon Party MLA prioritized politics over policy and voted against providing this relief to Yukoners.
“While Currie Dixon, Wade Istchenko, and the Yukon Party focus on us, we’ll stay focused on making life more affordable for Yukoners,” concluded Silver.