Yukon Party to Improve Highway Safety in Watson Lake

WATSON LAKE – A Yukon Party government will take immediate action to improve highway safety in the territory’s most south-easterly community.

On April 15, 2019, Patti McLeod, the Yukon Party candidate for Watson Lake, in her role with the Yukon Party Official Opposition, introduced a petition into the Yukon Legislative Assembly calling on the current government to improve highway safety in her home community.

The petition, signed by 373 Watson Lake residents and business owners and operators, called for the installation of essential highway lighting on the Robert Campbell Highway from the junction of Ravenhill Drive and the Robert Campbell Highway to 2 1/2 Mile Subdivision, was ignored by the current government.

“After years of inaction from the current government, Watson Lakers want action for a change when it comes to the safety of our community members and the visitors and commercial operators who travel through the area,” said McLeod who is a strong advocate for the voice of all rural Yukoners in the Legislature. “The current government has ignored this request from my community to install this important safety infrastructure for far too many years now and the Yukon Party team will take immediate and decisive action to finally get this done for our community.”

The Yukon Party first raised this issue in 2018, and the current government repeatedly refused to take any action on this important safety issue.

Today’s announcement is part of the Yukon Party’s plan to give Yukoners Action for a Change to increase affordability for citizens and businesses and lead the territory out of the pandemic into a prosperous future by:

  • Providing a clear path forward with timelines and benchmarks to provide Yukoners with certainty about reopening.

  • Freezing power rates to make life more affordable.

  • Creating a non-taxable Yukon Universal Childcare Benefit of $500 per child per month for every child up to 5 and $100 per child per month from every child 6 to 10. This will ensure life is more affordable for families and no child is left behind.

  • Creating an Education Recovery Plan to ensure no student is left behind.

  • Enhancing mental health supports for Yukoners to deal with the impacts of the pandemic.

  • Enhancing and accelerate relief funding for businesses.

  • Streamlining supports for business.

  • Reducing red tape to support small business.

  • Investing in green and renewable energy to help Canada achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The 2021 territorial general election will be held on Monday, April 12. Advanced polling dates have been announced for Sunday, April 4 and Monday, April 5, 2021.

To learn more about the Yukon Party and its campaign outlining Action for a Change, please visit www.yukonparty.ca.


For further information, please contact:

Tim Kucharuk
Media Director
(867) 689-7874

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