MP Zimmer meets with Yukon leaders for economic development talks

MP Bob Zimmer has wrapped up a tour in the Yukon meeting with territorial, business, and community leaders to talk about the economy and future opportunities for development.

Zimmer is the federal critic for Northern Affairs and the Northern Economic Development Agency, and met with members of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce, and held a roundtable discussion about economic development with the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

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“It was important to me to come to Whitehorse to learn more about the issues facing those living in Yukon,” Zimmer said in a statement.

“Having lived most of my life in Northern British Columbia, I understand that there can often be a disconnect between the realities of those living in the North and the decisions being made in Ottawa. I wanted to see and hear first-hand the challenges and opportunities that Yukoners face when it comes to economic development.”

Zimmer also met with Stacey Hassard, leader of the opposition Yukon Party, as well as MLA Scott Kent. 

"This listening tour was filled with frank and open discussions on a wide variety of topics including ways to effectively consult with First Nations going forward, the need to establish clear timelines for project approvals, the challenge of attracting workers and finding affordable housing, the territory’s vast untapped natural resources, unspent infrastructure money, and the potential for a deep water port,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer plans to visit the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in the coming months.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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