In her letter to the editor on August 31, Elizabeth Hanson, a candidate for the NDP leadership, counselled opposition party conciliation with the Yukon Party government, despite clear and growing evidence of Yukon Party deceit and backroom dealing.
Hanson called on opposition MLAs to work with the Yukon Party, allowing it to continue to determine Yukon’s future. While we appreciate Hanson’s views, the Official Opposition is of the same opinion expressed by Todd Hardy, the current leader of Hanson’s party and an elected MLA, who has stated he has no confidence in Premier Dennis Fentie’s government. Hardy has told local media on several occasions that he will support the nonconfidence motion we intend to bring forward.
Given Fentie’s demonstrated willingness to act against Yukoners’ best interests, and other Yukon Party MLAs’ ongoing complicity in this, we can not in good conscience deprive Yukoners of the opportunity to hold this government accountable through an election.
Whether he is part of a majority government, or a minority one, I, like many Yukoners, have no confidence in Fentie.
Leader of the Official Opposition