Ministerial silence continues

Ministerial silence continues Open letter to Jim Kenyon, minister responsible for Yukon Housing and Yukon Energy corporations: As a continuation of our one-way discussion: the Utilities Consumers' group has still not received any response from you or yo

Open letter to Jim Kenyon, minister responsible for Yukon Housing and Yukon Energy corporations:

As a continuation of our one-way discussion: the Utilities Consumers’ group has still not received any response from you or your department on the many energy issues of concern, including this one:

We read with great interest in the News of February 12 that Yukon Housing Corporation has a new low-cost condo for sale at the Garden Syde in downtown Whitehorse. What captured our interest is that this ‘green’ government-invested project has six units purchased by the housing corporation and at least this particular unit is advertised for sale at $205,000 and has, guess what? Electric baseboard space heating.

Now your government is preaching non-use of residential electrical space heating because you assert we have a sometime-shortage of hydro and Yukoners need to learn how to conserve or we will have to burn more diesel.

Yet it is OK for a government-sponsored ‘green’ project to use such infrastructure?

We are speechless for a term to use for this, but I guess what would be most appropriate is hypocritical.

It would appear, to a bystander, that your departmental counterparts do not have any co-ordination of program implementation, or you are not directing.

What is going on in your portfolio?

Again, please respond to your constituents.

Roger Rondeau

President, Utilities Consumers’ Group