I have been trying to imagine what the Yukon Party wants us to be left with in the Yukon 20 years from now. That will be about the time when my grandchildren will be working here and raising their own children. It is not a pretty sight.
A mine 10 times the size of Faro will leave an unfillable toxic hole in the middle of the Yukon. The Peel River basin will be slashed with dirt roads leading to empty treeless hills that have been explored but not mined yet. The Dempster Highway will have a pipeline along its length obstructing what I remember being the most amazing terrain on Earth.
We will look out over Eagle Plain to the remains of fracking criss-crossing the meadows all the way to the horizon. The Umbrella Final Agreement will be tied up in Supreme Court for decades, bankrupting our First Nations.
Yukon taxpayers will still be paying off debts owed to banks for hospitals built for no reason except as monuments to politicians. There will still not be any affordable housing for my grandchildren to live in.
Tired old MLAs who were once ministers making profound decisions back in the year 2014 based on sketchy information and bias will be retired, drinking cold beer in warmer climates, laughing at us.
Is this what we want for our grandchildren?