On the horns of a voting dilemma

On the horns of a voting dilemma I have a good First Nation friend who has tried for many years to get a job and stop eating at the Sally Ann. His face is scarred from a childhood house fire and he seems very uncomfortable among strangers especially whit

I have a good First Nation friend who has tried for many years to get a job and stop eating at the Sally Ann. His face is scarred from a childhood house fire and he seems very uncomfortable among strangers especially white folk.

The chances of his getting a job as a greeter at Walmart or in a government office were not good, but he kept trying. He had disappeared from the streets of Whitehorse and I wondered if he was still alive. Then I saw him strolling down Main Street with a big smile on his face.

“Sam! I’m working and taking my dad out to dinner this afternoon,” he exclaimed.

A year ago, he applied and got a job at the Wolverine Mine as a camp attendant. Instead of living in a tent all winter, he and his dad might find a place in town or build a cabin. He is paying income tax and spending his cash in the Yukon.

I would say this is the royalty that some members of the NDP have overlooked in their campaign to extort more money from the mining companies. In Watson Lake, Ross River, Faro, Mayo, almost everywhere you might travel in the Yukon, the hotels are full, workers fill the restaurants and big trucks rumble back and forth along the highways. For the first time in many years the communities outside Whitehorse are enjoying some prosperity. An NDP government would bring all this to an end before their mandate expired.

Peter Lesniak, while he was writing his anti-worker, anti-development editorials at the Yukon News, once said that if we didn’t want the Yukon run his way, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

What’s wrong with us is that we would like to hang onto our homes and jobs and businesses. The world economy is falling apart except for the Chinese and their resource-hungry factories. We have a chance to avoid the poverty facing the rest of the world. My problem, and it could be the same for many others, is that I like the NDP candidates better than anyone from the other parties. So here is our dilemma Ð would this be a good time to elect a socialist government?

We’ll roll the dice next week and see what happens.

Sam Holloway

Ross River

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

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

Most Read