A Lower Mainland mother locked in a legal battle with the province over a botched child welfare case is fighting back over the government’s review of the file.
In documents filed to BC Supreme Court, the woman known only as JP asks for a judge to rule that Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux exercised her powers improperly by appointing former senior civil servant Bob Plecas to review her case.
The mother had wanted children’s watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to handle it.
The province is reviewing how social workers ignored the mothers’ pleas to keep her four children away from their sexually abusive father.
Earlier this year, a judge found the government liable for damages in the case, and the province is appealing.
The mother further asks for Plecas not to conduct the review at all, or at least not to publish his findings until after the appeal has been heard.
The matter is set to be heard on Oct. 23.