Yukon legislative assembly

The Liberal bench answers questions in the house on Oct. 14. Opposition parties had plenty of tough topics to hammer the minority government on this session. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Analysis: First session of minority government filled with ‘growing pains’

What happened in the fall legislative sitting, including laws passed and power struggles

 

Minister Nils Clarke speaks to reporters about the COP 26 climate change conference. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

This week in the House: Timber harvesting and Yukon skipping COP26

Ministers provided updates in the legislature this week on firewood and the international climate conference.

 

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon reads aloud during debate on a non-confidence motion on Nov. 24 in the legislature. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Liberal government survives no-confidence vote over Hidden Valley scandal

“Let’s be clear, both the Liberals and the Yukon Party are responsible for the hurt that was caused to children.”

 

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon photographed on the 2021 campaign trail on April 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Yukon Party plans confidence vote over the government’s handling of the Hidden Valley file

The balance of power sits with the NDP, but it is unlikely they will break their agreement

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon photographed on the 2021 campaign trail on April 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)
Liberal minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature following a vote on a motion asking her to resign from cabinet on Oct. 27. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Legislature votes for minister’s resignation over Hidden Valley

“If your child was a victim, how would you feel? How would you vote on this motion?”

Liberal minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature following a vote on a motion asking her to resign from cabinet on Oct. 27. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addresses media following a heated question period on Oct. 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Hidden Valley dominates first question period of fall sitting

A number of motions were introduced on the first day back for MLAs

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addresses media following a heated question period on Oct. 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Campaign materials from the three parties. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Territorial political parties report fundraising numbers for 2020

The Yukon Party had the most amount of money raised in 2020, at $176,031.

Campaign materials from the three parties. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after tabling the budget in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Yukon mandate letters focus on climate, health care and government relations

Opposition parties said there are gaps in the letters, which direct department priorities

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after tabling the budget in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)

Liberals refute opposition accusation that wellness centre tender was rushed

Ministers grilled on the award of the wellness centre construction contract

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Budget passes at the end of short spring legislature sitting

The Yukon Party tried to extend the sitting to allow more room for debate

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Liberals introduce new budget with universal dental and safe supply funding

The new items were added to secure the support of the NDP.

Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Cap on rent increases will take effect May 15

The rollout of the policy is creating ‘chaos,’ says opposition

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Ron Rousseau holds a sign saying ‘It’s time for a cultural shift’ during the Yukoners: Raise Your Voice Against Misogyny rally on May 11. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Protest held to condemn Yukon Party MLAs’ texts

A rally was held outside of legislature to condemn the inappropriate texts messages of Yukon Party MLAs Stacey Hassard and Wade Istchenko.

Ron Rousseau holds a sign saying ‘It’s time for a cultural shift’ during the Yukoners: Raise Your Voice Against Misogyny rally on May 11. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file
File photo of the legislative assembly. The previous spring sitting began on March 4 but was interrupted due to the election.

Throne speech kicks off short spring legislature sitting

The government will now need to pass the budget.

Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file
File photo of the legislative assembly. The previous spring sitting began on March 4 but was interrupted due to the election.
Yukon Party MLAs Wade Istchenko and Stacey Hassard are facing criticism for crude text messages in a group chat. (Submitted)

First Nations leaders call for stricter punishment of Yukon Party MLAs

Queer Yukon has also criticized the two individuals involved in an inappropriate group chat

Yukon Party MLAs Wade Istchenko and Stacey Hassard are facing criticism for crude text messages in a group chat. (Submitted)
The new Yukon Liberal caucus poses for a photo during the swearing-in ceremony held on May 3. (Yukon Government/Submitted)

Liberal cabinet sworn in at legislature before house resumes on May 11

Newly elected MLA Jeremy Harper has been nominated as speaker.

The new Yukon Liberal caucus poses for a photo during the swearing-in ceremony held on May 3. (Yukon Government/Submitted)
Premier Sandy Silver and Kate White announced their agreement to stabilize the Liberal minority government in Whitehorse on April 28. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Yukon NDP pledges to support Liberals in Legislative Assembly until 2023

Commitments include a safe supply agreement, rent caps and universal dental plan

Premier Sandy Silver and Kate White announced their agreement to stabilize the Liberal minority government in Whitehorse on April 28. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Start of spring sitting announced

The Yukon legislature is set to resume for the spring sitting on…

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton won’t be runing for re-election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Mayo-Tatchun MLA won’t run for re-election

Liberal MLA Don Hutton won’t be running for re-election. A former wildland…

Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton won’t be runing for re-election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Liz Hanson announces her resignation as Yukon NDP party leader in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The former leader and current Whitehorse Centre MLA said she won’t run in the next election for Whitehorse Centre after a decade in legislative politics. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Liz Hanson announces her resignation as Yukon NDP party leader in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The former leader and current Whitehorse Centre MLA said she won’t run in the next election for Whitehorse Centre after a decade in legislative politics. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)