The Court of Appeal that heard the Peel case has made a decision that would take the consultation process back to an earlier stage.
That means the Yukon Party government will be allowed to accept, modify or reject the plan as developed over seven years by a large segment of the population. Based on their past behavior, it is easy to guess which of those three options they will lean towards.
I’d like the courts to consider the most basic questions that arise from this case.
In a democracy, should elected officials ever have the option to reject what the majority has hammered out? And do they really have the final say if they are acting against the expressed interests of their constituents?
The answers are “no” and “no.” Justice Ron Veale’s decision made this clear and should have been upheld by the Court of Appeal.