Health Minister Questioned on Almost $13,000 Scotland Trip

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is asking the Minister of Health and Social Services to explain what value Yukoners received for her almost $13,000 trip to Scotland last September. The minister’s junket happened as rural health centres faced closures and service reductions.

The trip was not revealed until the minister’s travel expense report was posted online. The report outlines a week-long trip to Edinburgh, Scotland from September 1 to September 7, 2023. The description notes the minister met with several Scottish officials on a variety of issues.

“Watson Lake residents have been asking this minister to travel to the community for over two years to talk about long-term care, but have been met with silence,” said Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod. “In the weeks before, during, and after her trip, rural Yukon saw health centre closures in Ross River, Beaver Creek, Teslin, Pelly Crossing, and others. Rural Yukoners are wondering why the minister felt it was better to jet off to Scotland instead of listening to our communities.”


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