Earlier this week, Yukon’s Member of Parliament Larry Bagnell was invited to speak at the North American Arctic Leader’s Summit in Washington, DC.
“I was pleased to be able to attend the all day sessions to discuss Northern priorities with other leaders from across the North,” said Mr. Bagnell. “All the Northern jurisdictions share many of the same values and priorities. Repeatedly it was discussed how much we need infrastructure in order to meet the economic opportunities that exist within our communities.”
The Summit brought together leaders from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland and featured notable speakers such as Alaska’s Senior Senator Lisa Murkowski, Premier of Nunavut Peter Taptuna, Government of Greenland Minister Hon. Vittus Qukaukitsoq and Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Hon. Mead Treadwell.
“Some of the other key topics that were raised during our discussions were the high cost of energy, the need for reliable internet and the lack of an East to West trade corridor between our jurisdictions,” said Mr. Bagnell. “We as northern leaders will continue to work together to advance our common goals.”
While in Washington, MP Bagnell also met with officials from the Canadian Embassy to discuss issues pertinent to the Yukon.
“I have continued to raise concerns about development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its potential impacts on the Porcupine Caribou Herd,” said Mr. Bagnell. “I also discussed how important it is that we get Shakwak back in to U.S. Government’s Transportation Bill.”
For the past several years the Government of Yukon has been using residual funding from the Shakwak Agreement, but no new money has been available from the United States government.
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Office of the Hon. Larry Bagnell