'Fire them,' say protesters of 2 Yukon Party MLAs caught in text scandal

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Grey Capot-Blanc of the group Northern Voices Rising reacts to the crowd chanting today in Whitehorse, 'Hey, hey, this is not OK!
Grey Capot-Blanc of the group Northern Voices Rising reacts to the crowd chanting today in Whitehorse, 'Hey, hey, this is not OK!

A message from some Yukoners today: "Fire them!"

This, in reference to two MLAs who were part of a vulgar text chat about some of their political opponents that went public last week.

The Yukon Party has said the MLAs will attend anti-bullying training but remain in caucus.

Today a few dozen protesters in Yukon, both in Whitehorse and in Dawson City, said that is not enough.

Mary Holozubiec was at the protest in Whitehorse, which was called End Transphobia and Sexism in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. She held a sign that said, "I voted Yukon Party. Not next time."

"I feel like letting these MLAs work for full pay without doing their full job is not acceptable punishment," Holozubiec said. "It condones the texts that were sent."

Grey Capot-Blanc spoke as part of a new group called Northern Voices Rising. They said the MLAs' comments were offensive and deserved greater censure.

"I don't want people to see what they said to be normal. Having homophobic and transphobic remarks normalized is not good," Capot-Blanc said.

Sean Ladue also attended today's protest. He's an activist and advocate for LGBTQ2S+ people in the territory who spoke this year at the raising of the Progress Price flag before the legislative assembly.

"The people are coming together to show support for those who have been maligned by the MLAs ignorant text messages," he said. "Those texts are indicative of their thought processes, which are uncalled for at this time."

Vanessa Thorson was also in attendance.

"I think it's somehow the notion that your masculinity or femininity are defined by whether you have power, and your genitalia is a determinant of that," she said. "It's just so crude and disrespectful."

Molly Hobbis, 16, holds a sign that reads 'Fire them' before the Legislative Assembly. "It's not OK for such comments to be said in a modern times! This is 2021 not the 1950s," she said.
Molly Hobbis, 16, holds a sign that reads 'Fire them' before the Legislative Assembly. "It's not OK for such comments to be said in a modern times! This is 2021 not the 1950s," she said.(Philippe Morin/CBC)