Statement from Premier Pillai on Government of Yukon public engagements
Premier Ranj Pillai has issued the following statement:
“Our government believes that communication with Yukoners is a two-way street.
“Yukoners’ views, knowledge and stories help the government make better decision.
“And, in turn, the government has a responsibility to communicate openly and honestly with Yukoners about how we hear from them, what we’ve heard from them and how the information they provide helps to shape the future of our territory.
“This occurs in a number of ways:
- We make Ministers and public servants available to speak to the media.
- We provide updates directly to Yukoners in the Yukon Legislative Assembly, through the use of ministerial statements, during Question Period and in periods of debate.
- We issue news releases and use social media, postering and direct mail to inform the public.
- We conduct public engagements to hear directly from Yukoners, to provide an opportunity for them to voice their concerns and beliefs, and so that they can directly inform policy design and government decision making.
“Since 2017, our government has conducted over 100 territory-wide, public engagements.
“We recently consulted with Yukoners on:
- The Whitehorse school facilities capital planning, where we spoke to Yukoners about their needs, ideas and considerations for Whitehorse-area school facilities. A What We Heard report will be issued on this engagement shortly.
- We also consulted with members of the LGBTQ2S+ community on implementation of the LGBTQ2S+ Action Plan, which will help us determine our progress.
- Identifying barriers to Indigenous recruitment and retention in the public service, to help explore barriers that Indigenous applicants and employees experience throughout the recruitment and employee experience with the Yukon government.
“It has been over six years since we promised Yukoners we would include them in the decision-making process and the development of the strategies, policies and actions that affect them the most.
“There are currently several engagements open to the public, including:
- The five-year review of the Cannabis Control and Regulation Act, which looks at how well this relatively new piece of legislation is working.
- A review of the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act, which will look for potential improvements to whistleblowing legislation, such as expanding the Act to cover other organizations and groups.
- The engagement process for improving the sustainable solid waste management system for the Yukon.
“You can find more information on these engagements online at Yukon.ca/engagements.”