Embattled Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux continues to deflect calls for her to resign.
At a news conference Friday in Surrey, Cadieux maintains she has the premier’s support, adding Christy Clark has done the same job herself so she understands the ministry’s challenges.
The calls for her to step come amid the latest failure at MCFD: The death of 18-year-old Alex Gervais, who’d been living alone at a hotel in Abbotsford while under the care of a government-delegated agency.
Cadieux says she has not been in touch with Gervais’ family, but if she was: “Well, that my heart goes out to them, very tragic, I can’t imagine what they are feeling, his friends and family, their loss is tremendous, a young man has lost his life.”
Premier says we have to wait
At an unrelated news conference in Vancouver that same day, Clark called for patients as the ministry looks into the teen’s death.
“I don’t think that the best interests of that young man, who died so tragically, are served by finger-pointing.”
She says the way to honour Gervais is to find facts, then hold people and agencies accountable.
The Premier was criticized for appearing to blame the First Nations agency tasked with caring for the teen before his death.
Both the Opposition and the First Nations chief responsible for that agency are blaming Clark and the ministry for underfunding.