Now that B.C. is without an independent child and youth representative, what’s next?
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond served as the province’s child watch dog for nearly a decade, allowing for a maximum of two terms.
But while the hunt for a replacement is on, we’re learning the process of appointing an acting watchdog hasn’t even started.
A replacement isn’t expected to be appointed until February next year.
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As for a temporary fix, Chair of the Selection Committee Don McRae says an acting watchdog is supposed to be in place by Nov. 27.
“The committee that is to appoint the acting individual has not actually begun the formal process. In fact, I just ended up on that committee unexpectedly.”
Given advanced notice to find acting replacement
McRae says that the separate committee was given plenty of time to find an acting representative.
“I did send them a letter in September this year expressing that they should be prepared to act, so it’s not something that came last second, they’ve known about this for months in advance.”
He adds the committee has short-listed several candidates for the official position.
“I can say that the five committee members, two from NDP and three from BC Liberals all take the job very seriously and we hope to find a person as soon as possible and make the recommendation to the legislature and someone can be appointed…when legislature sits next February of 2017.”
As for bringing the next official watchdog up to speed with current cases and reports, McRae says it would be up to the future representative and Turpel-Lafond to meet, if they wanted to.