Yukon’s Greens and First Nations Party ought to be included in next Wednesday’s CBC election debate, says Premier Darrell Pasloski.
“It is critical that the views of all political parties be heard as Yukoners consider the decision that they will make on October 11,” Pasloski said in a release.
“Although the Yukon Green Party and Yukon First Nations Party are new to territorial politics, it is important that their voices be heard and that their input is included.”
The CBC election forum will be held on Wednesday, October 5, at the Gold Rush Inn.
The Yukon Party put out a bevy of other announcements over the past two days. It’s promising to boost childcare services, agricultural support and literacy services.
None of these promises have dollar figures attached.
For agriculture, the party would spend more on funding the Fireweed Community Market.
It would also act on a multi-year plan drawn up with the Yukon Agricultural Association and the Growers of Organic Food Yukon, and develop a “Yukon-grown food policy” to encourage the sale of local produce and livestock.
To improve childcare and early learning, the Yukon Party would expand Learning Together, a pilot program at Selkirk Elementary that helps parents and children with the transition to kindergarten, to other schools.
It would also adjust the operating grant for daycares to cover the extra costs of helping children with special needs.
And the Yukon Party would create a new Parents and Early Development Resource Centre, aimed at helping parents whose children are not enrolled in licensed daycare, by giving them access to resources, advice, peer support, and short-time childcare to help stay-at-home parents.
The Yukon Party also reaffirmed its support for the Yukon Imagination Library, located at the literacy centre in the Canada Games Centre.