Yukon Premier Sandy Silver lost his patience with Yukon Party questioning about the government’s proposed airports bill. (Jesse Winter/ Yukon News) Yukon Premier Sandy Silver lost his patience with Yukon Party questioning about the government’s proposed airports bill. (Jesse Winter/ Yukon News)

Silver ‘proud’ of work on airports act

Yukon premier’s patience with Yukon Party questioning wears thing

The premier is defending his government’s handing of its proposed Public Airports Act despite mounting criticism from industry groups and airlines.

“I am proud of the work that this team has done on this file,” Sandy Silver said Oct. 19 after some prodding from the Yukon Party that suggested Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn be replaced on the file.

The premier had mostly left it up to Mostyn to answer weeks worth of questions from the Yukon Party in the legislative assembly. Complaints about the act have ranged from concerns over the possibility of implementing fees to more blanket worries about the act being rushed through without enough consultation.

In defending his minister, a clearly agitated Silver tried to turn to parking fees, which were increased while the Yukon Party was in government as a way of dealing with cars that were being left abandoned at the Whitehorse airport.

“Mr. Speaker, you remember parking in the airport when prices went up at the airport. Do you remember being consulted? Do the people of the Vuntut Gwitchin, who have major shares in Air North, remember being consulted on these taxes at the airport from the other government when the Yukon Party was in charges of airports?

“No. Anybody on this list that we’ve been hearing a barrage of questions about from the Yukon Party was not consulted before. Do you know why? It was because there wasn’t the legislation.”

This week the Yukon Party tabled a letter to Mostyn from the Watson Lake Chamber of Commerce. In it, president Cheryl O’Brien said the chamber is worried about the possibility of new fees and invites Mostyn to a Chamber meeting.

Mostyn has said repeatedly that the Liberals won’t be creating an airport improvement fee even though the act would allow for one. The government has promised more consultations when the regulations to go along with the act are created.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Win some, lose some: Whitehorse council approves 5 of 7 infill parcels

‘I don’t think anyone has the right to say “my neighborhood is sacred, no one can come here”’

Proposed Whitehorse capital budget heavy on infrastructure funding

‘We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of infrastructure dollars from the federal government’

Victoria Gold plugs into power purchase agreement with Yukon Energy

Power company estimates mine near Mayo will spend $100 million on power over 10 years

Lack of staff closes Watson Lake’s only daycare

Facility can’t afford to pay competitive wages to attract staff, board president says

Straight and true: the story of the Yukon colours

Michael Gates | History Hunter Last week, I participated in the 150th… Continue reading

Get ready to tumble: Whitehorse’s Polarettes to flip out at fundraiser

‘There’s a mandatory five-minute break at the end, just so people don’t fall over’

Alaska’s governor goes to China

There are very different rules for resource projects depending on which side of the border you’re on

Yukon survey shows broad support for legal pot

But there’s no consensus on retail and distribution models

Yukon government releases survey on the territory’s liquor laws

Changes could include allowing sale of booze in grocery stores

Get family consent before moving patients to other hospitals: NDP critic

‘Where is the respect and where is the dignity?’

Bill C-17 passes third reading in House of Commons

The bill, which will repeal controversial amendments made to YESAA by Bill S-6, will now go to Senate

White Pass and Yukon Route musical chugs on without director

The cast and crew of Stonecliff are pushing forward without Conrad Boyce, who went on medical leave

Most Read