The BC Teachers’ Federation is calling for the resignation of BC Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux.
Outgoing BCTF President Jim Iker says “Teachers across BC are heartbroken and fed up with the government’s lack of action and support for vulnerable and at-risk children, youth, and young adults.”
Iker agrees it’s a difficult ministry to manage, but he says Cadieux, repeatedly, has been slow to take action and get things done.
“…Well, you know, I don’t want to get into terms, but I think what this is responding to is the minister’s lack of action in this area in a very timely manner.”
Iker says it’s heartbreaking watching BC kids struggle as they age out of a system he says is not properly funded or managed.
When asked if he believes in his heart that simply having her leave that portfolio would be meaningful and would lead to better care for BC’s at-risk young people?, Iker said “it actually would take more than the minister leaving; there needs to be a real commitment from government and a plan.”
The emergency resolution was brought to the BCTF Annual General Meeting in response to the death of 19 year old Patricia Evoy, likely killed by a deadly drug combination, and found dead in Burnaby.
It adds that teachers are often the front-line workers with youth before, during, and after their time in care, and often end up as their most significant “caregiver.”
LISTEN: BCTF President Jim Iker calls on Stephanie Cadieux to resign
Speaking to CKNW, her friends say “Patty” was forced into a life of stripping and escorting when she didn’t get the support she needed from MCFD, and eventually turned to hard drugs.
Speaking in the hallways of the BC Legislature, Cadieux says she “has no response” to the call for her resignation.
She says she has a job to do, this is not the first call for her to quit, and she plans to keep doing her job.