Change course, Mr. Premier

Change course, Mr. Premier Open letter to Yukon MLAs: Where is the accountability and transparency, Premier Dennis Fentie? Yukoners, the board of directors and employees of Yukon Energy have the right to know the details of your discussions with the ATC

Open letter to Yukon MLAs:

Where is the accountability and transparency, Premier Dennis Fentie?

Yukoners, the board of directors and employees of Yukon Energy have the right to know the details of your discussions with the ATCO group regarding the rationalization of Yukon Energy.

I am one of the 70-plus employees who have the privilege of working for Yukon Energy.

The fallout from our premier’s actions cannot be ignored.

I have worked for this utility since the corporation took over direct management in 1998.

I can personally attest to the dedication, hard work and loyalty of the corporation’s highly skilled workforce.

Employees don’t need to get a phone call when the lights go out.

They show up of their own accord to do whatever is required to get the power back on as quickly as possible.

We take pride in our work and we fully recognize that we provide an essential service to Yukoners.

It is disturbing to witness the impact of the premier’s actions on staff.

They continue to come to work every day not knowing the status of their employment.

There is no excuse for such insensitivity and disrespectfulness.

It is also regretful that political interference resulted in the resignations of the chair and three board directors because they could not perform their fiduciary obligations.

What a tragic loss of critical knowledge and experience.

It will take several years before replacements could make informed decisions. This is unacceptable at a time when the corporation is embarking on one of the largest projects in its history.

Fentie, you need to step away from your cloak of secrecy and become accountable and transparent to Yukoners and the staff of Yukon Energy.

We are impatiently waiting to hear the details and status of your discussions with the ATCO group. Reinstate the chair and the three board directors and let them do the job that you appointed them to do in the first place.

They are certainly capable and up to the challenge!

Linda Greer

Whitehorse