NDP convention sets policy directions

NDP convention sets policy directions NDP politicians received policy directions from party members at a convention over the weekend.

NDP politicians received policy directions from party members at a convention over the weekend.

“We were directed by the convention to come up with a legislative initiative, a bill or something, that would address pieces of the Landlord and Tenant Act amendments that the Yukon Party rejected,” said NDP Leader Liz Hanson.

The Yukon Party “rejected the idea that we come into line with other jurisdictions and ensure that people who are tenants are not evicted without cause and that there be some means of preventing what you could call abusive rent increases,” she said.

The NDP is also working on a comprehensive water policy and a submission on the government’s current consultation on a draft policy.

The NDP would like to see a water policy that enshrines clean water as a human right and meets obligations under the First Nation final agreements, said Hanson.

The party is also looking forward to the convening of the select committee on hydraulic fracturing, she said.

NDP MLA Jim Tredger is one of six representatives on the all-party committee.

Hanson hopes the committee will consult with all of Yukon communities, and not only Old Crow and Watson Lake as directed by the mandate, she said. (Jacqueline Ronson)

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