A Yukon that Votes! Information for AFN Yukon Region Voters

The Federal Election will take place on October 21. Together with the Council of Yukon First Nations we have developed a strategy for the election to encourage First Nations civil participation and to maximize efforts to advance the interests of Yukon First Nations in national and local debates of current issues.

As part of the election strategy we have created a report card that highlights key issues from each party’s platform and a scorecard that compares the platforms and governance mandates of the past two federal governments. Click on the links below to view the full report card, or scroll for more information.

Election Issues Report Card

Climate Change and Environment

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • “A Real Plan to Protect our Environment” focused on cancelling the carbon tax and supporting private industy. Includes a 2-year Green Homes Tax credit, setting emission standards for busineses, and a voluntary net-zero building standard.
  • Build and maintain a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples to incorporate traditional knowledge to address climate change.
  • “Mission: Possible”, a 20-point plan that includes reducing GHGs by 60% by 2030 and to zero by 2050, maintains a price on carbon, bans fracking, establishes an multi-party Cabinet on climate change and commits to removing all fossil fuel generation by 2030.
  • Restore the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Ban single-use plastics by January 2022.
  • End drinking water and boil water advisories (no date).
  • Maintain the federal carbon tax; net-zero emissions by 2050, with legally binding five-year milestones; legislate training to support access to new green jobs and invest $3 billion in natural climate change solutions, supported by funds from the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
  • Acknowledges specific Indigenous vulnerabilities and pressures due to climate change.
  • Ban “harmful” single-use plastics by as early as 2021.
  • Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021.
  • Create emissions targets in line with United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, create a Climate Accountability Office, establish a Candian Climate Bank.
  • Support training and re-training for new jobs, create 300,000 new jobs, make all new buildings net-zero ready by 2030, eliminiate fosil fuel subsidies, make the national grid carbon-free by 2030.
  • Ban single-use plastics by 2022.
  • Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021.

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Energy and Natural Resources

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Repeal Bill C-69, which put some restrictions on approvals for big energy projects, including having to consult with Indigenous communities.
  • Reestablish an advisory panel for hunting, angling and conservation groups to give input on conservation.
  • Provide $10 million per year to resource companies that work with Indigenous communities.
  • Complete the Canadian Wetland Inventory.
  • Create an Aquaculture Act.
  • Carbon-free energy system by 2050; phase out bitumen production for fuels by 2030-35; prioritize Canadian jobs and supply; reduce energy demand by 50%.
  • Commit $100 million a year for 4 years to create Indigenous-led protected and conserved areas and fund stewardship by Indigenous guardians.
  • Cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline; will not approve any new pipelines, or coal, oil or gas projects.
  • Protect at least 30% of freshwaters, oceans and land by 2030.
  • Protect 25% of Canada’s land and oceans by 2025, working towards 30% in each by 2030.
  • Advocate for an other countries to adopt goals of 30% conservation by 2030.
  • Protect 30% of land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030.
  • Work with BC and First Nations to support a transition to land-based, closed-containment
    aquaculture systems.
  • Expand the Indigenous Guardians Program, invest in Indigenous-led science, and support the creation of Indigenous-managed protected areas; make sure species recovery efforts respect Indigenous rights and embrace traditional knowledge.
  • Power Canada with net-zero electricity by 2030 and move to 100% non-emitting electricity by 2050.

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Language, Culture and Rights

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Work with Indigenous communities to incorporate knowledge of the land and history.
  • Indicated in the first leader’s debate that the party would not support UNDRIP and the concept of Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
  • Supports judicial review of First Nation child welfare compensation.
  • Provide funding to protect Indigenous languages across Canada.
  • Re-introduce legislation to put UNDRIP in Canadian law.
  • Implement all calls to action from the TRC and the MMIWG and Girls Inquiry.
  • Implement recommendations of the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
  • Dismantle the Indian Act.
  • Add representatives from Indigenous governments to the Council of Canadian Governments.
  • Implement the lands claims agreements that are already negotiated.
  • Create an Indigenous Lands and Treaties Tribunal Act to decide on land claims.
  • Supports First Nation child welfare compensation, no judicial review.
  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as Canadian law.
  • Will seek judicial review of First Nation child welfare compensation.
  • Implement UNDRIP.
  • Make Indigenous People’s Day a national holiday and create a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Co-develop a National Action Plan for Reconciliation and establish a National Council for Reconciliation.
  • Provide financial support for Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre.
  • Supports First Nation child welfare compensation, no judicial review.

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Housing

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Re-introduce 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages for first time home buyers.
  • Remove GST from home heating and energy bills.
  • Remove stress test for mortgage renewals.
  • Cancel Housing Supply Challenge.
  • Increase the National Housing Co-investment Fund by $750 million for new builds, and the Canada Housing Benefit by $750 million for rent assistance for 125,000 households.
  • Get rid of the first-time home buyer grant.
  • Change the legislation that stops Indigenous organizations from accessing financing through CMHC.
  • Expand first-time home buyer grant in Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto.
  • Add 1% annual tax on properties owned by non-Canadians who live outside the country.
  • Create 500,000 affordable housing units in the next 10 years.
  • Re-introduce 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages for first time home buyers.
  • Add $5 billion to spending on affordable housing in first 18 months in office.
  • Double the Home Buyer’s Tax Credit to $1,500.

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Healthcare and Childcare

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Increase the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer by at least 3% every year.
  • Make Maternity and Parental EI benefits tax-free.
  • Expand healthcare to include basic dental care and increase childcare funding.
  • Declare a national health emergency over the opioid crisis.
  • Revisit the Blueprint on Aboriginal Health: A 10-Year Transformative Plan.
  • Provide health care capacity building in Indigenous communities.
  • Uphold Jordan’s Principle.
  • Ensure all Canadians have access to a family doctor or primary health care team and set national standards for access to mental health services.
  • Create up to 250,000 before and after school spaces for kids under 10.
  • Lower parents’ child care fees.
  • Double federal support to the provinces and territories through the Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
  • Increase the Canada Child Benefit for children under 1 years old.
  • Introduce a 15-week leave for adoptive parents.
  • Establish a national suicide prevention action plan.
  • Declare a national public health emergency for the opioid crisis.
  • Free dental care for households making under $70,000; sliding copayment for those who earn between $70,000 and $90,000.
  • Ensure that Indigenous-led home care and long-term care is available for Elders.
  • Invest $1 billion in 2020 and increase amount annually to provide public or not-for-profit child care.

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Northern Issues

Conservative Party of Canada Green Party Liberal Party New Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Connect communities relying on diesel generators with clean power.
  • Consult with northern residents on Arctic farming, working with non-profit groups to build greenhouses or hydroponic towers and funding education programs in nutrition and horticulture.
  • Increase the tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers.
  • Introduce an international tax for aviation and shipping fuels earmarked for the Global Climate Fund.
  • Increase Northern Resident Deduction to give people living in the Northern Zone at least $1,200 in deductible travel costs, with $600 in deductible travel costs for people in the Intermediate Zone.
  • Universal high-speed internet by 2030.
  • Continue with the Northern Policy Framework to strengthen Arctic rights and sovereignty.
  • Clean Power Fund will support northern communities to transition off of diesel power.
  • Co-develop Arctic Policy Framework with Indigenous communities and groups (e.g. ITK).
  • Provide broadband to all communities across Canada.
  • Put in place income tax averaging for artists and cultural workers and expand the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit.
  • Put in place a new tax credit for graduates to work in designated rural and Northern communities.
  • Create a Northern Infrastructure Fund to fast-track investment and focus on improving infrastruture like roads and broadband internet.

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