No beef with the Greens

No beef with the Greens In his September 14 letter "May Serves up Meat" Mike Grieco asks whether the Green Party is willing to address the serious issues of climate change, habitat and pollution? The answer is, yes. We believe people, economy and enviro

In his September 14 letter “May Serves up Meat” Mike Grieco asks whether the Green Party is willing to address the serious issues of climate change, habitat and pollution?

The answer is, yes.

We believe people, economy and environment are all interwoven and that we need policies which balance these three pillars.

When Green Party Leader Elizabeth May visited the Yukon in August, she attended several public events and spoke to many Yukoners and local media (unlike Prime Minister Stephen Harper who was here at the same time). One of those events was a family picnic.

To address Grieco’s concerns, the smokies and burgers May flipped at the BBQ were local caribou, local buffalo and veggie.

The Green Party is well aware of the complex relationship between industrial meat production and the creation of a sustainable world. In fact, while here, May spoke briefly with one of our organic farmers, discussing sustainable local meat production.

As a political party we believe that all industries (including the meat industry) should be responsible for problems they create for human health, the environment and on any other front.

In most cases this means creating a level playing field, removing subsidies, putting a cost on pollution, like greenhouse gases, and regulating to ensure enforcement.

The Green Party believes in principles such as sustainability. It is the government’s job to create the framework for sustainability, while business and industry use their creativity to achieve this goal within that framework.

We also believe in diversity. This includes opinions and lifestyles. And the Yukon has a great diversity of both.

As leaders and role models it is important for us to set positive examples. It is also important for us to be inclusive and respectful.

Thanks to Grieco for his letter. We appreciate all questions, concerns and the opportunity to clarify our policies and vision.

Yukoners are always welcome to Green Party events.

John Streicker, Green Party Candidate for the Yukon

Whitehorse

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ken Anderson’s Sun and Moon model sculpture sits in the snow as he carves away at the real life sculpture behind Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival in Whitehorse on Feb. 21, 2018. Yukon Rendezvous weekend kicks off today with a series of outdoor, virtual and staged events. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Rendezvous snowpad, live music and fireworks this weekend

A round-up of events taking place for the 2021 Rendezvous weekend

Whitehorse musher Hans Gatt crosses the 2021 Yukon Journey finish line in first place at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 26. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Whitehorse musher Hans Gatt crosses the 2021 Yukon Journey finish line in first place at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 26. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Hans Gatt wins inaugural 2021 Yukon Journey

The Yukon Journey, a 255-mile race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse, kicked off on Feb. 24

In a Feb. 17 statement, the City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology used for emergency response. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Three words could make all the difference in an emergency

City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology

Jesse Whelen, Blood Ties Four Directions harm reduction councillor, demonstrates how the organization tests for fentanyl in drugs in Whitehorse on May 12, 2020. The Yukon Coroner’s Service has confirmed three drug overdose deaths and one probable overdose death since mid-January. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three overdose deaths caused by “varying levels of cocaine and fentanyl,” coroner says

Heather Jones says overdoses continue to take lives at an “alarming rate”

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

The Yukon government and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce have signed a letter of understanding under the territory’s new procurement policy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
First Nation business registry planned under new procurement system

Letter of understanding signals plans to develop registry, boost procurement opportunities

US Consul General Brent Hardt during a wreath-laying ceremony at Peace Arch State Park in September 2020. Hardt said the two federal governments have been working closely on the issue of appropriate border measures during the pandemic. (John Kageorge photo)
New U.S. consul general says countries working closely on COVID-19 border

“I mean, the goal, obviously, is for both countries to get ahead of this pandemic.”

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Start of spring sitting announced

The Yukon legislature is set to resume for the spring sitting on… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Most Read