Yukon election on November 7, 2016

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Yukon election on November 7, 2016

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This is the election happening in early November that everyone is talking about.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukon_general_election,_2016

mark_alfred

http://www.yukonndp.ca/housing_first

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The Yukon NDP believes housing is a human right and will work to end homelessness through a “Housing First” approach.

This is an exciting policy. 

mark_alfred

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tamara-goeppel-proxy-votes-elections...

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Liberal candidate defends use of proxy votes for marginalized people

Elections Yukon says it's looking into the case of a proxy vote solicited by a Whitehorse Liberal candidate to see if it might be a breach of election rules.

Downtown resident Bruce Dent says he was asked by Liberal candidate Tamara Goeppel (Whitehorse Centre) to cast a proxy ballot for someone he did not know. He says Goeppel told him the person felt too "intimidated" to vote.

    According to Dent, Goeppel and her campaign manager came to his door last Sunday and asked him to cast the proxy ballot.

    [..]

    Dave Wilkie, Yukon's assistant chief electoral officer, says Elections Yukon is now looking into the matter.

    "[A proxy vote]'s not for people within Yukon to use, it's only for people that are going to be outside of Yukon on the advance poll days and election day," Wilkie said.

    Goeppel, meanwhile, does not see a problem, saying she's been working with vulnerable people downtown and trying to make their voice heard.

    mark_alfred

    Liberals are polling ahead according to last poll, with the Yukon Party in third and the NDP in second.  But there's a huge amount of undecided voters, and there isn't a huge amount of polling (I think the last poll was done in January).  So, it's anyone's race, it seems.

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    The Mainstreet poll, released on Wednesday, found that if Yukoners went to the polls today, 22 per cent would vote Liberal, 11 per cent would vote NDP and six per cent would vote for the Yukon Party. The difference between the NDP and the Yukon Party is within the poll’s margin of error. Regardless, that leaves a whopping 61 per cent of voters undecided.

    http://yukon-news.com/news/liberals-in-the-lead-yukon-party-lagging-polls/

    mark_alfred

    http://yukon-news.com/news/liberals-unveil-complete-election-platform/

    Liberals release their platform.

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    “In this election, fear has been an unwelcome theme,” said Liberal Leader Sandy Silver. “The Yukon Party has tried to incite fear on carbon pricing and the New Democrats have tried to incite fear about fracking. Fear is used as a strategy by political parties to divide the electorate in situations where they are not confident in their own positions. The Yukon Liberals are confident in our position.”

    “The NDP does not have the confidence of or the connections with industry, especially the mining industry, to turn this around. The Yukon Liberals do,” he said. “The Yukon Party does not have the confidence of or the connections with Yukon First Nations to make this happen, and the Yukon Liberals do.”

    Seems Silver is using the typical Goldilocks "just right" theme of being centred.  They're open to carbon pricing, but also in favour of fracking, thus the Liberals' bowl of porridge is "just right".  Reminds me of Trudeau saying that the Conservatives see terrorists everywhere while the NDP see the Charter of Rights everywhere, whereas Libs (w/Bill C-51) will be "just right".  Or the environment, same thing:  Trudeau often employs the balance theme for the environment and the economy, portraying the NDP as too far left and the Cons as too far right.

    mark_alfred

    Yukon NDP release their election platform

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    The Yukon New Democrats unveiled a sweeping election platform on Friday in Whitehorse, promising a different style of government, protection for the environment, and a new relationship with Yukon First Nations.

    The NDP will offer "a government that believes in social justice and the well-being of all Yukoners, not just a chosen few," leader Liz Hanson told reporters gathered at the Yukon Arts Centre.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-ndp-election-platform-hanson-1...

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    mark_alfred wrote:

    http://yukon-news.com/news/liberals-unveil-complete-election-platform/

    Liberals release their platform.

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    “In this election, fear has been an unwelcome theme,” said Liberal Leader Sandy Silver. “The Yukon Party has tried to incite fear on carbon pricing and the New Democrats have tried to incite fear about fracking. Fear is used as a strategy by political parties to divide the electorate in situations where they are not confident in their own positions. The Yukon Liberals are confident in our position.”

    “The NDP does not have the confidence of or the connections with industry, especially the mining industry, to turn this around. The Yukon Liberals do,” he said. “The Yukon Party does not have the confidence of or the connections with Yukon First Nations to make this happen, and the Yukon Liberals do.”

    Seems Silver is using the typical Goldilocks "just right" theme of being centred.  They're open to carbon pricing, but also in favour of fracking, thus the Liberals' bowl of porridge is "just right".  Reminds me of Trudeau saying that the Conservatives see terrorists everywhere while the NDP see the Charter of Rights everywhere, whereas Libs (w/Bill C-51) will be "just right".  Or the environment, same thing:  Trudeau often employs the balance theme for the environment and the economy, portraying the NDP as too far left and the Cons as too far right.

    Justin was dissing the Charter?  Uh...he does remember who DID the Charter, doesn't he?

    mark_alfred

    Here's the quote I was referring to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtMYicsCzzY

    mark_alfred

    http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/lewis-rifkind/2016/11/yukon-election-pol...

    Article about two recent polls.  The Liberals are ahead, followed by the Yukon Party, and then the NDP in 3rd.  The Libs have gained.  One of the polls shows that there's not a huge gap between all three parties, whereas the other one shows the Libs with a healthy lead.  The author of the blog, Lewis Rifkind, feels that both polls may not be super accurate. We'll see.

    Some controversy has been heating up over a Liberal candidate's attempt to misuse proxy voting (referred to in post #3).  There was an official statement from Elections Yukon (see image below).  So perhaps this will affect the vote on the 7th.

     

    mark_alfred

    http://results.electionsyk.ca/

    Here's the unnofficial results site for the Yukon election.  I think results will begin to pour in after 20:00.  The Yukon is in the Pacific Time Zone, so for those in the Eastern Time Zone, the results will begin to come in at 23:00, I think.

    mark_alfred

    Here's the live update:  http://results.electionsyk.ca/results/wtResults.htm

    Very early now.  Just a few polls coming in.  Yukon Party first, Libs second, NDP third.

    mark_alfred

    Vote count is a three way tie, electoral districts (ED) show Yukon Party leading two, with NDP leading one.  There's 19 EDs, so 10 won is a majority.

    ...Libs pulling ahead a bit in vote count.  EDs show all three parties leading in one each.

    mark_alfred

    Libs are pulling ahead.  It's still early, but I think it's safe to say they're going to win a majority.

    mark_alfred

    Liberal Party 9, Yukon Party 7, NDP 2.  No polls counted for Copperfield North yet.  So, depending on how that goes, will decide whether or not the Libs have a majority or minority government.

    ..Well, seems it's a majority for the Libs with 11 seats out of 19 (39% of the vote), followed by the Yukon Party with 6 seats (33% of the vote), and the NDP with 2 seats (27% of the vote).