Minister's home vandalized with threats and profanity

Vandals used black spray paint to deface Streicker's home with profanity, by-name threats against the minister and his wife, and political statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic (Photo: Government of Yukon)

Party leaders denounce political violence in the territory.

Yukon politicians are standing together to denounce the vandalism of a Yukon minister’s home, last weekend.

In a statement released on Sunday, Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai expressed his disgust in learning that Energy, Mines, and Resources Minister John Streicker’s home had been vandalized with profanity and by-name threats to both the minister and his wife. The spray-painted messages on Streicker’s home also included political statements related to decisions made by the Government of Yukon during the COVID-19 pandemic, including references to masks and“CEMA,” the acronym for the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

Pillai said that while free speech and political protest are important rights of Canadian democracy, violence and intimidation are unacceptable outlets to express frustration with government decisions.

He went on to thank Minister Streicker for his service and dedication to representing Yukoners.

Across the aisle, both Yukon opposition parties issued a joint statement Monday afternoon. The statement calls the vandalism of Striecker’s home targeted, wrong, and a dark moment for Yukoners.

Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon said that he was saddened to learn of the vandalism, and that no political disagreement should become as personal as defacing a minister’s home.

Yukon NDP Leader Kate White’s comments echoed Dixon’s, saying that targeting elected officials in a personal and cowardly way has no place in the territory.

Yukon RCMP are investigating the incident, but were unable to provide an update at the time of publication.

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