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WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party again pressed the Liberal government on Thursday to address the rising cost of living, this time with measures specifically designed to help seniors and elders.
Yukoners on fixed-incomes are finding it tougher financially. Money left over for basic living expenses is dwindling because of skyrocketing home heating fuel, gasoline, insurance and grocery prices.
“The Liberals have shown themselves to be out of touch with Yukoners by ignoring our suggestions to reverse their new tax on insurance or to provide a reprieve to their fuel tax,” Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod said. “We suggested the government help ease the inflation crunch by doubling the amount of the Pioneer Utility Grant, and increasing the amount claimed through the Home Owners Grant to a maximum of $1,000 for those eligible seniors and elders until the inflation crisis is over. Unfortunately the Liberals dismissed the struggles of seniors.”
The Liberal government has ignored the inflation crisis and the rising cost of living. Their inaction and policies continue to cost Yukoners money, evidenced by the ongoing firewood shortage, soaring electrical rates, extensive labour shortages, and rising costs of goods and services.
“Yukoners want a government that will take action and provide a plan to make life more affordable,” McLeod added. “Unfortunately all we get is a lot of talk and no action from this government that looks increasingly tired and out of touch.”