Today is the day that things need to be said about the Ministry of Children and Family Development. They’re not nice things, but they’re on point. And the people of this province need to know what is going on over there.
In this job we have to cover stories, sometimes those stories come from government press releases, and most of the time they’re just that: stories about things the government is doing to make things better for everyone.
And for the most part, deep down I think we choose to have hope that the government is doing right by us. But we’re skeptical, and for good reason.
From time to time our elected officials and their complicit staff do things that take them from simply being elected officials and politicians who are usually meant to be trusted… and they proceed to reduce themselves to the sniveling turds that some of us actually think they are.
Sometimes politicians need to be exposed for their poorly chosen actions. And that is what Minister Stephanie Cadiuex and her top staff around her can look forward to today.
In my eyes, they’re bad actions, which to me are morally corrupt.
After doing something so revolting and calculated that British Columbians deserve to know about it.
Damning report buried
As you may know Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond released her report on the teen, known as Paige, in May of last year. But it wasn’t until October of Last year the B.C. government and the ministry responded.
From what we’ve learned today, it was meant to be released October 21st.
But someone asked for it to be pushed up to October 19th… the same day as the federal election. And at 3pm.
It’s quite the convenient time, and I’ll explain why in just a second.
Now, I know and understand as well as the next person that ministers and their staff have to make hard decisions, those decisions might be cutting positions, or cutting funding.
And I get that their communications teams need to come up with a way to spin that from a government stand point.
Most, but not all in the media let some of that slide, we put it down to politicking, that’s why we generally don’t trust politicians, because they’re always spinning a story so it doesn’t sound like bad news.
But when you try to spin a story so it stays out of the media spotlight because bad news works best hidden, especially when it’s about a dead kid… that’s when and where I draw the line.
The ministry releasing their response at 3pm on the day of a federal election is nothing but a calculated and very cold move.
At 3pm on Election Day every media outlet is doing one thing.
Arranging which journalists will cover which candidates, who will man the phones, who will anchor the coverage, every single TV station, radio station, newspaper, website & and any other media are focused on that big story, the story of who will run our country, it’s the perfect time to distract us.
The problem is, when you have a new world of journalists who are everywhere – and when I mean everywhere I mean online, on Twitter, and on Facebook – they’re just looking for you to drop the ball.
The thing is here, when the B.C. government dropped that ball at 3pm on election day we were waiting and we caught it, and took you to task the next day. Because, we still had the biggest story of the day to cover.
The news today via Freedom Of Information that this was indeed calculated and planned makes a lot of people in that ministry including its leader, the minister responsible Stephanie Cadieux, look like morally bankrupt people.
The fact that you would rather bury a press release about a dead girl to save your own asses, father than owning up to the terrible mistakes your ministry is making is pathetic, and shows your true colours and intentions as politicians and public servants.
Minister Stephanie Cadieux you should be embarrassed, and your family should be embarrassed for you.
Anyone who acted on your behalf to push this to election day should be embarrassed and I hope their families read their names in that FOI, and the numerous articles now written about this.
You people make me sick, and you all need to held accountable. There’s a slim chance that will happen though.
And this will continue to happen until we have people running this ministry who actually care for the kids the ministry is in charge of.
I know the front line workers are working their tails off to try and make things work, but when the problem persist at the top of the food chain, failure will always be a sure thing.