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Yukon Party Pushes for Full Removal of Carbon Tax; Liberals Double Down

WHITEHORSE – With the Prime Minister’s announcement on October 26 of an exemption from the carbon tax on home heating oil, the Yukon Party Official Opposition is renewing its call for a carbon tax exemption for the North. The policy change is an admission by the federal Liberal government that the carbon tax is unaffordable and unfairly punishes Canadians for simply heating their homes to keep warm during the cold winter months.

Yukon Party Celebrates Suspension of Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition joins the thousands of Yukoners relieved to hear that the federal government has suspended the carbon tax on home heating oil for the next three years. The dramatic change in policy by the federal Liberal government comes after years of lobbying by the Yukon Party.

Lots of Interest: Building Season Lost, Interest Accrues Due to Liberal Lot Delays

WHITEHORSE – In the spring, the Yukon Party Official Opposition warned the Liberal government they were rushing the release of unfinished lots in Phase 6B of Whistle Bend. However, under the mounting scrutiny from cancellations, delays and missed timelines for lot construction, the Liberals released these lots while construction was still underway.

One Year Later, Liberals’ Better Buildings Program Still Needs Improvements

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is suggesting the Liberal government revisit and streamline the Better Buildings Program to make it more accessible for rural Yukon communities instead of simply cutting funding. After Yukoners have been slow to access funds, the Liberal government cut $1 million from this year’s program, instead of revising the parameters so it works for users.

Rent Control Policy is Harming Renters and Landlords

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is suggesting the Liberal government stabilize the rental housing market by abandoning their failed rent control policy. Since the Liberal-NDP policy’s introduction, rents have risen significantly, and the number of units has not kept up with demand as investors have been scared off.

Liberals Cut Capital Spending on Housing During Crisis

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is concerned to see a $6 million cut to the housing budget in the Liberal government’s 2023-24 Supplementary Budget tabled last week. Affordability and availability of housing continue to be one of the biggest challenges facing Yukoners as they struggle with the rising cost of living.

Continued Liberal Inaction on Whitehorse Emergency Shelter is Unacceptable

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is calling for immediate action to address the unacceptable status quo in the vicinity of the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter. Business owners in the area have had enough with what one business called the ‘ruinous conditions’ within a few block radius of the shelter.

Liberal Government Out of Steam and Out of Ideas As Fall Sitting Begins

WHITEHORSE – It has been over eight months since a new Liberal premier took over what was already a tired and listless government. As the 2023 Fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly begins, Yukoners are seeing more of the same inaction from a Liberal government that is unwilling to listen.

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