The province’s child and youth advocate says she has concerns about the independence of a review into a disturbing child sexual abuse case.
The ministry of Children and Family Development last week appointed former civil servant Bob Plecas to look into the case.
Speaking to Shane Foxman on the Sean Leslie Show, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says his lack of power to compel evidence or independent staff is problematic.
“He has expressed valuable opinions, often aligned with the government about issues affecting children in the past. But to suggest that he’s independent is not accurate. He does not have powers of independence, he is a person who has been brought in by senior government officials to assist senior government officials.”
“He would have had the protections of my office to be independent, and be able to do something, because Mr. Plecas is a member of the public. He is not delegated under the child family community services act. He has no right to look at an individual file of that mom that dad or those children.”
Children and Family minister Stephanie Cadieux announced the review after a court decision blasted the ministry for giving a pedophile father unsupervised access to his children.