Yukon Premier, Cabinet to be sworn in today after agreement with NDP

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Yukon Premier Sandy Silver speaks during a news conference in Edmonton on June 27, 2019.

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Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and her cabinet are set to be sworn in today following an agreement with the New Democrats to work together to govern the region.

In last month’s election, the Liberal Party and the YC Party were tied in eight seats, each falling by a majority, while the NDP won three.

Silver and NDP leader Kate White announced jointly last week that they had reached a trust and supply agreement by January 2023, with Silver saying the two leaders appreciate the need for stable government.

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White said the deal committed the NDP to pass the Liberal budget, while the government agreed to bring three NDP members into negotiations about the law.

Silver said that during the campaign, liberals saw common threads with the NDP and were the only leaders of the White Party on election day.

He said that he is ready to see how the agreement goes and he hopes that the agreement can be extended “on the basis of a positive working relationship”.

The parties considered certain areas needed immediate attention, Silver said, including recovering from the COVID-19 epidemic, expanding affordable housing, and increasing drug services to fight the opioid overdose crisis.

The former health minister of the Liberals filed a petition in the Yukon Supreme Court last month to declare the results of the Vunut Gwichin ride illegal.

Pauline Frost ended in a tie with her NDP rival Annie Blake, before Blake was picked as the winner after a lot of draws at Rekking.

The petition alleges that two voters in the ride were ineligible to cast a ballot.

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