Voters make Peel one of the top election issues in 2016
At the outset of the election, CPAWS and YCS promised to take unprecedented action to make environmental issues a priority in the election and ensure that all parties had to make their environmental platforms clear. The organizations mobilized supporters to speak up and stand up for the Peel. 'Vote for the Peel' doorhangers were distributed to every household in the territory, which were proudly displayed in communities from Dawson City to Mayo. Our election video spotlighting the annual migration of the Porcupine Caribou Herd from their wintering grounds in the Peel was viewed 12,000 times.
We also knocked on the doors of over 1000 households in Whitehorse, holding conversations with voters about the environmental issues that matter to them. Not surprisingly, protecting the Peel came up the most. One election poll included great insight into voters' attitudes towards the Peel, with only 8% of respondents favouring widespread resource extraction in the watershed.
The incoming Yukon Liberal Government committed to accepting the Final Recommended Plan of the original Peel Watershed Planning Commission and was explicit about this during the campaign. Read a statement from YCS and CPAWS about the government's promise for the Peel here.
YCS and CPAWS thank everyone for their support during the campaign to put the Peel high on the agenda.
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