Cathers blasts rivals’ economic records

Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers took shots this week in the legislature at both the Liberals and the NDP on their fiscal records.

Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers took shots this week in the legislature at both the Liberals and the NDP on their fiscal records.

The Liberals’ Sandy Silver questioned if the government will extend the interim electrical rebate, set to expire in April 2013, which saves the average Yukoner about 20 per cent on their electricity bill.

He noted that the Yukon Utilities Board is considering a 13 per cent rate hike, and the combination of these events could burden consumers significantly.

Without saying if it would be extended or not, Cathers explained that the rebate was an interim measure to shelter consumers from a rate hike after they were left on the hook with the Faro mine shut down.

“I would remind the member that this is an NDP legacy of failure that he sees every month on his electrical bill.”

The Yukon Party will not be taking any tips from the NDP, he added.

“We want to see a territory that has an economy that provides for Yukon families and is diversified, not an economy such as the NDP have demonstrated they run, where they slam the brakes on the car and head for the ditch.”

He didn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the Liberals, as well.

“I’d remind the member of the Liberal legacy: the Mayo-Dawson transmission line, which was budgeted to be $17 million and turned out to be closer to $44 million when all costs were in.”

He failed to note that Scott Kent, now sitting with the Yukon Party, was the minister responsible for the Yukon Energy Corporation during the Mayo-Dawson transmission line debacle.

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