The prime minister’s office sent screenshots of the texts to media on Sunday evening, citing Silver as saying the messages were sent to him in a group chat he believed he had inadvertently included in. The texts include inappropriate comments on the three leaders, including at least five references and comparisons between the sizes of their genitals.
A post made rough assumptions about Silver’s sexual preferences.
“Inappropriate and rude messages”
Former interim party leader and re-elected MP Stacey Hassard as well as his re-elected colleague Wade Istchenko are two of the people who made the comments in the group chat.
Dixon was also a member of the cat.
Ted Laking, a spokesperson for the Yukon Party, told CBC via email that the chat was created by a private citizen who is not associated with the party on Friday morning, and therefore said he did not know why it was created and why some people were added. .
Dixon initially texted Silver an apology, stating that he knew Hassard and Istchenko were involved in the “inappropriate and rude messages”. Dixon said in his informal apology to Silver that he had spoken with Istchenko and Hassard, and they were both apologized.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Silver called the behavior “unacceptable” and said his party wanted to know how Dixon plans to fix it.
“I share these [screenshots] with the media because Yukoners should be aware of the culture that is considered acceptable within the Yukon Party, ”said Mr. Silver.
White, in an interview on Monday afternoon, said Silver shared the texts with her shortly after receiving them on Friday.
She called them “rude,” but said that while some messages were sent to her, the underlying issues are beyond a single person’s control.
“I don’t think it’s not just me,” she told CBC. “I think this is the society we want to live in, you know? We tell our kids that comments like this have no place in school and they have no place in the locker room or on the pitch and then in the same breath they are two leaders elected and they set a terrible example.
“So for me it’s disappointing. And I believe people, like people, deserve better than that. “
“It’s something they thought they were saying in private,” she added, “so what’s being said behind closed doors? “
White said Dixon contacted her both by text and phone, but did not hear directly from Hassard or Istchenko.
A previous version of this story did not include a screenshot of the posts. The CBC added the image after contacting the politicians referred to in the messages.
Disclaimer: The following image is a screenshot containing raw and sexually explicit messages:
‘I regret these senseless and immature actions’
The Yukon Party issued an official apology just after midnight Monday, hours after Silver released his statement.
“As soon as I saw these 0I immediately spoke with both of them frankly and I am confident they understand just how offensive and unprofessional these comments are, ”Dixon said.
He said the two elected officials apologized and pledged to learn from the incident and “be dedicated to promoting a safe and respectful Yukon.”
Dixon added that as a result of the messages, none of the MPs will be allowed to sit on legislative committees or be given critical roles when the party establishes its shadow cabinet.
“This is an important opportunity for all Yukoners to realize that words matter and that we must actively stand up for a respectful community,” said Dixon.
The statement also included a brief apology from the two MPs who made the comments.
“I regret these senseless and immature actions,” Hassard said. “I apologize wholeheartedly and I will learn from this mistake to advocate for a land where all Yukoners feel welcome. “
Wade Istchenko said his actions were immature and “unacceptable”.
“I sincerely apologize for making these comments and I am deeply embarrassed. I am committed to learning from these mistakes. “
CBC asked to speak more with Dixon, Istchenko and Hassard. The three declined interviews.