Premier Dennis Fentie can be reached at 633-6893.
That’s his home number.
It’s the easiest way to solve disputes you might have with the Yukon government.
We suggest it after learning a local car dealership managed to halve the late-delivery penalty written into its contract by approaching Fentie personally.
Seems so easy.
No bureaucracy. No rules.
Got a problem with government? One number solves all — 633-6893. Ask for Dennis.
Imagine the peace of mind.
You can now bid low on government tenders knowing that, if you get in a jam, you’ve got a pretty good chance of wriggling out.
So, if you discover a glitch in that $250,000 publicly tendered contract you won in September, beating out all other competitors, then call Fentie at home.
He might fix it for you — give you a rebate, or amend the terms on the fly so they work for you.
That looming deadline? Dealt with through a single call — 633-6893.
That construction job, the one you lowballed because you figured you might shave a few bucks off your labour costs. (Silly you — don’t you read the employment stats?)
But don’t worry, there’s no problem. Phone Fentie. He’ll fix it for you.
He’ll direct his staff — Archie Lang is his favourite — to find more cash for the job. Or maybe you’ll get some sole-sourced contract down the line.
Perhaps the civil service has decided to review your land application in the face of a recent court decision. The courts suck. Rules suck.
But Fentie can help.
Give him a call. He’ll sort it all out.
Maybe you don’t qualify for that Yukon-only seat at the university.
Or Health officials told your ambulance crew it needed to resume work before negotiations continued.
Maybe your non-profit was turned down for that grant it wanted.
Or your aged mom is on a six-month waiting list for the old-age home. Those eligibility rules are, frankly, ridiculous.
Maybe that local trapline blocks your preferred winter road route.
Or you decided to cut down that stand of trees without a permit.
Or liquor inspectors shut down your bar. Who knew those girls were 14?
Call Fentie. Explain yourself.
Maybe those rules — in place to prevent favouritism and abuse of power — can be bent. Just a little.
Of course, like everyone, Fentie observes a social hierarchy.
There’s a reasonable chance there’s someone higher than you on the food chain.
And maybe their interests conflict with yours.
Maybe that land you staked five years ago was wanted by someone closer to Fentie.
Maybe they hold a party card. Or have held a party card six months longer than you.
Or maybe they gave a bigger campaign donation.
Maybe Fentie prefers Bernese mountain dogs to poodles. Or Chryslers to Toyotas.
In that case, maybe he can’t help you.
But it’s worth a try.
Call 633-6893. (RM)