Open Letter to Jim Kenyon, minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation, re selling off YHC mortgage portfolio:
During the spring sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, the Liberal caucus asked whether your government had plans to privatize the Yukon Housing Corporation’s mortgage portfolio, which consists of more than 230 mortgages worth in excess of $40 million.
In your typical fashion, you vehemently denied there was any truth to this possible selloff and mocked the opposition’s questions as “outrageous.”
We didn’t believe your denials at the time, and how could we on the heels of Premier Dennis Fentie’s secret negotiations to sell off our energy future to a private company from Alberta?
Documents obtained through access to information, after you refused to provide them willingly, have now validated our suspicions. Your government did in fact consider selling the portfolio to a private-sector lending institution and examined transferring YHC mortgage clients to banks as discussed at a board meeting in August, 2009.
Part of our information request was denied, pursuant to Section 15 of ATIPP, which covers discussions by cabinet and cabinet decisions. This in itself contradicts what you said in the legislature and confirms that privatizing YHC mortgages was examined at the political level of government. This implicates you, Kenyon, and your cabinet colleagues.
In the legislature you also refused to confirm the existence of YHC’s report that examined options for privatization. But the board minutes have confirmed the report does in fact exist.
The minutes also confirm a resolution was passed regarding options that could provide YHC with cash for operations, current liabilities and long-term debt.
Yukoners might be quite concerned upon discovering your government is considering the transfer of their mortgages to a private-sector institution.
On their behalf, we ask you to respond to the following questions:
Â¥ Why did you deny the mortgage portfolio selloff was being considered?
Â¥ Would you provide us with a copy of the YHC report and the resolution?
Â¥ What action has been taken since last August on transferring this portfolio?
MLA for Kluane