Where is the money for the homeless?

The Yukon Party promised to deal with affordable shelter for the homeless during the last election. They are spending more than $1 billion this year...

The Yukon Party promised to deal with affordable shelter for the homeless during the last election.

They are spending more than $1 billion this year, the highest level of spending in the Yukon’s history and the highest level of spending, on a per capita basis, in Canada.

So where is their new initiative for the shelterless?

The recent fire at the Stratford Motel really exposes their carelessness for the unfortunate amongst us. The minister of Social Services still has not figured out how to help the needy buy food. He was still sorting it out three days after the fire. Shame. The Star article mentioned that eight of the nine social assistance recipients had found some form of alternative housing. How about other homeless people?

We have all heard that the Conservatives have budgeted $47 million on the “pipeline to nowhere”- the Alaska Highway pipe dream – even though the pipeline is dead. So our Conservative politicians can find money for a non-existent need while forgetting a crying need for shelter in Whitehorse.

These homeless people do vote and one hopes that this is a good reminder to throw the cold-hearted Conservatives out.

Jamie Joe

Whitehorse