BC NDP leader John Horgan is sounding off against the province for their handling of 18-year-old Alex Gervais, who was in government care when he fell to his death from an Abbotsford hotel last week.
“I’m absolutely horrified that the government seems to have yet again left our most vulnerable in a situation that’s led to a fatality.”
Horgan didn’t pull any punches, suggesting he was surprised Stephanie Cadieux with the Ministry of Children and Family Development kept her job through the summer, following the release of the Paige Report, detailing the plight of a teen who died in the Downtown East Side.
“We need to stop defending the ministry, and start defending children.”
Cadieux has “fumbled one case too many”
Horgan made it clear: he wants Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux removed from her position.
“Well, to be honest with you, I’m surprised that Minister Cadieux kept her job through the summer after the fiasco of a second scathing judgment from a court laying out the facts… and then having rather than Miss Turpel-Lafond being asked to investigate, a third-party being brought in; an insider to do an inside job.”
The official opposition leader says the province has fumbled one children’s case too many.
“We have story after story of misinformation coming from the Ministry. The children’s representative was advised there were no youth at risk living in hotels, and yet now we find one dead as a result.”
Time to implement Turpel-Lafonde’s recommendations
Horgan is demanding the province follow through on their promise to implement the recommendations made by province watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
How would Horgan have fixed the latest run of issues?
“Certainly we’ve got to be open and transparent. We have a children’s representative who’s been doing stellar work, producing report after report of the inadequacies of the government. They always say they’re going to implement the recommendations and they don’t. We need to change that.”
Horgan says he plans on meeting with the province’s children and youth watchdog, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, later today.