Key Takeaways From Fall Sitting in Yukon Legislative Assembly

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    Passing modernized legislation such as the ATIPP Act were common themes in the legislature.

    Key legislation has passed in the legislature as the fall siting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly has come to a close.

    Premier Sandy Silver say's he's proud of the modernized acts that have passed during the end of the fall sitting.

    "I'm happy that we have a main budget consideration that happens in the spring. From that, we allow ourselves more time to modernize our legislation. We hear from Yukoner's all the time that a lot of our legislation needs work. We need to modernize our legislation so we're moving towards that. There are ten pieces of legislation with a very progressive agenda (including) Lobbyist Registration Act, a new Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, The Equality of Spouses Statue Law Amendment Act, a new Coroners Act, a new Societies Act.... this is progressive legislation. "

    The previous Coroners Act legislation is 60-years-old, and Silver says the updated legislation will clarify the duties of coroners and their practices and procedures.

    Silver Says the new Equality of Spouses Statute Law Amendment Act will also help to include language in territory legislation for  lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer,and Two-Spirit plus Yukoners. 

    While Official Opposition party leader Stacy Hassard say there was some approval of legislation passed during the sitting, he remains opposed to the carbon tax.

    "Ultimately, I'd like to see the Carbon Tax scrapped completely. I've never been a big believer in it and I think that the longer that we go through this process,it was rolled out as an environmental policy, I've never believed that. I've said it's a taxation policy and I think we see more and more of that everyday." 

    Silver says full details around the Carbon Tax are coming shortly.

    Recommendations from Mr. David Loukidelis report on improving the delivery of programs and services at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre was another  major initiative for the Liberal Government during the fall sitting.

     

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