AuthorKolody, Linda
PositionLegislative Reports

2021 Fall Sitting

The 2021 Fall Sitting of the First Session of the 35th Yukon Legislative Assembly began on October 7 and concluded on December 2, after 31 sitting days.

Bills assented to

On the final day of the Sitting, eight government bills were assented to by Yukon's Commissioner, Angelique Bernard:

* Bill No. 4, Act to Amend the Motor Vehicles Act (2021) --Nils Clarke;

* Bill No. 5, Act to Amend the Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act (2021)--John Streicker;

* Bill No. 6, Act to Amend the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act (2021)--Tracy-Anne McPhee;

* Bill No. 7, Act to Amend the Family Property and Support Act (2021)--Ms. McPhee;

* Bill No. 8, Workers' Safety and Compensation Act --Richard Mostyn (Note: the modernized act replaces the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workers' Compensation Act.);

* Bill No. 9, Act to Amend the Cannabis Control and Regulation Act (2021)--Ranj Pillai;

* Bill No. 10, Act to Amend the Territorial Court Judiciary Pension Plan Act (2021)--Ms. McPhee; and

* Bill No. 202, Second Appropriation Act 2021-22 Sandy Silver.

One government bill remains on the Order Paper: Bill No. 3, Act to Amend the Assessment and Taxation Act and the Municipal Act (2021). As detailed in its explanatory note, the bill seeks to create a program that can be utilised to retrofit buildings to increase their energy efficiency as local improvements under the Assessment and Taxation Act. In his leadoff remarks at second reading on December 1, Mr. Mostyn, Minister of Community Services, indicated that the government would work with municipal governments to draft regulations for the bill over the winter months. Bill No. 3 passed second reading that day, and stands referred to Committee of the Whole.

During the 2021 Fall Sitting, no private members' Bills were introduced or considered.

Opposition Private Members' Motions

On October 27, a non-binding motion (Motion No. 169) moved by Official Opposition ML A Brad Cathers (Lake Laberge), that called on the Deputy Premier (Ms. McPhee) to resign from Cabinet, carried with the support of the Third Party caucus. Premier Silver has expressed his continued confidence in the minister.

On November 10, 2021, Kate White, the Leader of the Third Party, moved a motion (Motion No. 200) regarding the nasal spray form of a drug used to treat suspected opioid overdoses. The motion, which urged the Yukon government to make Naloxone nasal spray "publicly available and free of charge at front line...

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