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Analysis of Party Positions on ATV Management

Trails Only Yukon Association – has worked with the parties to provide Yukon voters with as clear a picture as possible of what those parties will do regarding ATV management in our wilderness if elected on November 7, 2016. Through a series of newspaper ads we have shone a light on what the various politicians have done in the past – and what they are now promising to do in the future. This is our analysis of their plans and promises along with a mark for their efforts.

Analysis of Party Positions [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Voters Urged to Ask Candidates About ORV Rules

 [Whitehorse Star November 2, 2016 ]

Voters should know the position of each political party regarding access to the hinterland by off-road vehicles (ORVs), say representatives of the Trails Only Yukon Association.

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Environment forum confirms Yukon parties' stands on Peel plan

ELECTION 2016

Click on the links below to view the Questions for Candidates and the MLA Report card.

PARTY RESPONSES TO TOYA QUESTIONS

TOYA asked the four running Parties the following four following questions.

Question #1
If elected, will you support and promote a proactive approach or a complaints-driven process for managing ATV's in the Yukon wilderness? 

Question #2
If elected, will you support and promote a comprehensive plan for the whole territory or a piecemeal plan covering just the already damaged areas?
 

Question #3
If elected, will you support and promote the mandatory registration of all ATV's in the Yukon?
 

Question #4
If elected, will you support and promote the enactment of necessary legislation and regulations to effectively manage ATV's in the Yukon wilderness within the first 24 months of a new government mandate?

Click on the Party logos below to read their responses:

TOYA Political Strategy – 2011 Territorial Election

Foundational Principles

  1. Our approach must be absolutely non-partisan in terms of the Parties and candidates.
  2. We must be scrupulously fair and respectful in our treatment of the parties and candidates.
  3. We must be honest and transparent in all activities – no tricks or gimmicks.
  4. Our goal must be to influence policy direction, not electoral results.

The Strategy

Keeping in mind the foundational principles that I have proposed above, our strategy should attempt to force each individual candidate to go “on the record” with a commitment to several key, unambiguous policy choices that TOYA is promoting. We should also attempt to get the parties to commit to those same policy choices within the five-year mandate that this election will provide.

Specifically, we should do the following: Pre-writ:

  1. In the time between now and the dropping of the writ, we should determine what the “... key, unambiguous policy choices ...” should be for TOYA.
  2. We should prepare and print a simple questionnaire that clearly spells out our policy choices for candidates and the parties to fill out.
  3. We should prepare an information packet for the parties and candidates to support our point of view in case the candidates are unaware of what we are trying to accomplish, or have been confused by our opponents.
  4. We should inform the political parties of our response to the Standing Committee Report, and also candidates as they are nominated.
  5. We should inform the political parties and candidates that we will be tracking their responses to our questionnaire in a series of advertisements in the newspapers. (See below)

30-day writ period:

  1. We should run a series of report card style advertisements in the newspaper(s) showing the responses, or non-responses to our questionnaire from the candidates and political parties.
  2. We should inform our members almost daily of the updated report card so they can talk to candidates on the doorstep.
  3. We should provide our members with some key talking points to emphasize on the doorstep with candidates.
  4. We should attend the leaders debates and attempt to ask a carefully crafted question or two to try to get them on the record in that forum.
  5. We should release the results of a Datapath survey just prior to the debate.
  6. We should run a powerful, full page advertisement in the newspapers on the Friday prior to voting day with a final pitch to voters, candidates, and parties promoting our “... key, unambiguous policy choices ...” and advising the public to vote strategically on this most important issue for the future of our territory.

Post-writ:

1. Meet with the next Environment Minister as soon as possible after the swearing in of the new government to begin to build a relationship and also to offer to help with the next phase of this project.