Legislature to resume March 21

Legislature to resume March 21 The spring sitting of the Yukon's legislature will start two weeks from now. Premier Darrell Pasloski has requested that the Speaker reconvene the assembly on March 21.

The spring sitting of the Yukon’s legislature will start two weeks from now.

Premier Darrell Pasloski has requested that the Speaker reconvene the assembly on March 21.

The government has announced its intention to bring forward legislature regulating the maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and the use of carbon monoxide detectors, but has otherwise remained mum on its intentions for the sitting.

MLAs will spend between 20 and 40 days debating the 2013-2014 budget and other legislative changes.

The NDP hopes to see real action on oil-fired appliance safety, off-road vehicle regulations and affordable housing, said Leader Liz Hanson in a statement.

“We frankly don’t expect much from the Yukon Party government. It’s a tired, old government that’s out of ideas.

“They’ve had 10 years to solve serious problems like the housing crisis and have failed. They’re creating conflict and division and turning back the clock on relations with Yukon First Nations.

“They want to pursue reckless industrial development at the expense of our environment. They’re selling off the Yukon, building a fly-in fly-out economy and exporting the benefits of our growth.

“And they insult Yukoners with their phony consultations and bullying behaviour. We unfortunately expect more of the same from a government that has lost its way.”

The premier did not respond to a request for comment.

(Jacqueline Ronson)