Yukon NDP Holds Candidates Forum

WHITEHORSE, YUKON – On Saturday, the Yukon NDP held a forum with over twenty of their candidates for nomination. The Yukon NDP was the first party to announce candidates for nomination in the run up to this year’s election. The six announced so far include a mixture of Whitehorse and rural candidates.

“There’s been so much work going on at the Yukon NDP and you can feel it,” states Dave Weir, Candidate for Nomination for Kluane. “Not just in preparing for the upcoming election but in helping Yukoners whenever we can and fighting for people who need it most. Kate has gathered a great team of community builders and Yukoners will recognize themselves in this group.”

The candidate forum was a mixture of socially distanced in-person and Zoom meeting. Special presentations were given by prominent New Democrats such as Rachel Notley and Jagmeet Singh.

“You can feel the energy in this group,” says Michelle Friesen a Whitehorse Candidate for Nomination. “It’s awesome to be a part of this team, to see these new faces who can bring real community knowledge and experience to politics and break with the status quo.”

“Our team is growing everyday because people want to do politics differently,” said Yukon NDP Leader Kate White. “We are going to offer Yukoners a bold vision to make life better for people across the territory. I’m so proud of our team. We are not going to just pay lip service to the things we believe in. COVID has showed that we can’t go back to the “old normal” that left so many people struggling. We need a recovery that puts people and the environment first.”

The Yukon NDP say the Yukon Liberals have failed to act on the affordable housing crisis and stalled repeatedly on implementing universal child care and bringing in living wages for Yukoners.

“We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. A big part of this involves tackling climate change, not only with words but with direct investment in our communities,” adds White.