Here’s the Peel court case statement from the Yukon Liberal Party following the news that the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the Yukon Court of Appeal decision:
“Land use planning brings certainty for economic development while protecting our shared environment for future generations. When these decisions are left to the Supreme Court of Canada to decide, we lose our ability and responsibility to negotiate our share future through a local lens.
“The Yukon Party government has fought the will of the people at every turn. Today’s decision is a reminder of their inability to consult or negotiate with First Nation governments.
“While it is very disappointing that we have to go to the highest court in the land to be heard, at least the Yukon will find certainty for our environment and our economy after a decade of failure.
"Yukon Liberals have been clear on this issue for many years. Yukon Liberals believe and respect democracy. We respect the land use planning process. We accept the will of an overwhelming majority of Yukoners and would implement the Recommended Peel Land Use Plan.”