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Governed by industry shills Re: No end in sight to the Peel mess (July 11). In the broader context, it's not about the Yukon government. The Yukon government is comprised of the Yukon, the NDP and the Liberal parties. The decisions that are being made to

Re: No end in sight to the Peel mess (July 11).

In the broader context, it’s not about the Yukon government. The Yukon government is comprised of the Yukon, the NDP and the Liberal parties. The decisions that are being made to date are not of the government, as they are strictly based on a neoconservative dogma, ergo the Yukon Party. As we do federally with the Harper government, we should with this agenda.

The plan that was introduced is not the Yukon government’s, it is the Pasloski government’s and should always be referred to as such. They can deny all they want, but they are the Conservative Party of the Yukon, and you’ll find that many of their policies, agendas and missives are copied right out of Harper’s handbook, if not verbatim.

In such important and contentious issues, that will without any doubt affect future generations, never should one party dominate the agendas, nor make the rules or the laws.

This is not Dennis Fentie’s or Darrell Pasloski’s territory to do with as they please. These term-elected Yukon Party ministers do not own this land. They are not the landlords. They are simply the temporary term-limited stewards that on our behalf, look for what is in the best interest of all the people, present and future – not just their voters, nor their political, ideological aspirations, nor those of corporations, especially those they aspire to be engaged by.

For six years the Fentie and Pasloski governments held their cards close to their chest, never revealing their true plan. Would it be far-fetched to say that this was their plan all along, that they never considered the possibility of any trade-offs or compromises?

During the last election Pasloski stated that he would tell us after the election what he would do with the Peel. Now I have no doubt that 99 per cent of Yukoners would never buy anything without being told upfront what they were getting, yet some bought into this sham of a party.

It’s a party that has been unable to keep most of their promises. That’s not because they can’t do them for whatever reason, not because they lack the will nor the skill. It’s simply because they never intended to do them. Yet some Yukoners keep biting the hooks expecting some time of reward, only to be filleted, cooked and served.

Now don’t get me wrong. Some do get rewards, but most of them have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa or Beijing.

Since the arrival of Harper’s right-wing American-based republic, democracy has taken a backseat to dogma and politics. And those who espouse these same beliefs, like the Fentie/Pasloski governments, use “their” unlimited funds, taxpayers money, to force their political agendas on the First Nations and the people of the Yukon.

Their forced legislations will most likely get shoved into the legal revolving door of the courts, but at what cost? This money could have been far better spent ameliorating the lives of all Yukoners, rather than going to those who will secure their future employment opportunities.

Louis Gagnon

Whitehorse

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