Premier Christy Clark says handling sensitive and sometimes tragic cases of children in foster care is the hardest part of government.
B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development has been under fire this year, after several children didn’t receive the care they needed — some of them taking their own lives.
In a year-end interview with CKNW, Clark says she is committed to following through on the findings of an upcoming report into a botched case of child abuse.
“Bob Plecas the founder of the ministry is issuing his report in the coming weeks about how we get there. I am sure one of the things he is going to tell us is that the ministry needs more money for some very specific things it needs to do and we are going to follow his recommendation when we get that.”
Plecas is reviewing how social workers neglected to keep four Lower Mainland children from their sexually abusive father.
Clark says Translink needs to speak up
On another topic, Clark says Translink is doing a pretty good job and needs to be clearer about that.
She says she sympathizes with Skytrain riders who have had to deal with hours-long breakdowns and other users who’ve had problems with the Compass Card.
“Translink needs to find ways to be completely upfront with the public about how well they are doing against the benchmark they have set for themselves. And I think what people will see is ‘Yup, they have got some room to improve in some areas’ and people might be surprised at some of the areas where they are doing a pretty good job.”
She says the agency will bring in some new ways to be accountable, but didn’t elaborate.
Premier says province can’t control global LNG market
As for liquefied natural gas, Clark is using much more cautious language when talking about the promise she made last election.
She says the province is doing everything it can to stay on track.
The global market is not something we can control, obviously. I mean, I am sure Alberta hoped oil wouldn’t be at $45 a barrel either.”
Clark emphasizing now it is up to the LNG proponents to actually put shovels in the ground and build plants.
“I am hopeful though that these projects are going to keep moving so that we will see a couple of final investment decisions this year. I am hoping in the first half of the year as well. We will see, though.”
In 2013, Clark promised more than 100,000 LNG jobs, $1 trillion in economic activity, a prosperity fund of $100 billion over 30 years, and three LNG plants by 2020.