I have recently learned from several people that they have encountered traffic signs labeled in Chinese on their way to the Wolverine minesite, which is partially owned by Chinese investors.
This raises a few questions that might be of interest before the election:
How will the elected party ensure the money from the anticipated economic mining boom will remain in the Yukon and benefit Yukoners?
Previous letters to the editor already mentioned tax breaks for exploration and very low royalty payments from the revenues generated.
Will the elected party put a limit on the number of immigrant workers who are being hired to work in mines?
We need to ensure we are giving priority to Canadian residents.
If no Canadian is willing to do the job, or does not have the required qualifications, then it can be offered elsewhere in the world.
It would be an advantage for foreign companies to hire their own people since there wouldn’t be a language barrier.
What percentage of these workers coming into the territory is anticipated to remain in the Yukon after the mining boom?
We tend to forget that 80 per cent of the miners during the Klondike Gold Rush came from the United States and only a few stayed after the rush was over.
Will there really be enough funding to enforce “our” environmental standards?
Since it is currently up to the companies to collect baseline data, will there be government funding to employ our own people to engage or participate in these duties?
I don’t think we can just assume that people with different values and upbringing will necessarily share our values and care for our backyard in the same way we do.