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Lisa Raitt makes stop in Whitehorse in race to become Conservative leader

In the home stretch of the Conservative Party leadership race, candidate Lisa Raitt held a public meeting in Whitehorse on Monday.

Leadership contender pitches extended mineral exploration tax credit, investment in technology

Conservative leadership candidate Lisa Raitt was in the CBC Yukon studio Tuesday morning. (Sandi Coleman/CBC)

Lisa Raitt announced her northern platform during a quick stop in Whitehorse, Monday evening, as she heads into the final stretch of the race to become next leader of the Conservative Party. 

Party members will choose their new leader in just over a month, so the candidates are making their last pitches for support.  

Speaking with A New Day on Tuesday morning, the former federal minister of natural resources said she wants to give the mineral exploration tax credit a "longer life span."

It is a refundable corporate and personal income tax credit for certain exploration expenses, which must currently be claimed within 12 months of the taxation year. 

She also said companies should be able to deduct Aboriginal consultations as an expense.

"That gives them an incentive to start earlier," she said. 

Asked about food security, Raitt said growing locally in greenhouses is important.

"Technology and innovation are going to be big parts of that."

Former Yukon premier, Darrell Pasloski, has endorsed Raitt as Conservative leader, while Yukon Party MLAs Scott Kent, Wade Istchenko and Stacey Hassard have endorsed Erin O'Toole, who has also released a northern platform.

The only other candidate to visit Whitehorse was Maxime Bernier, in February, where he notably suggested changing or abolishing the Indian Act. He is endorsed by former Yukon MP Ryan Leef.

With files from A New Day

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