The leader of the BC NDP says the Ministry of Children and Families has again failed children, after cancelling an audit of a residential care facility in charge of two teens who died.
John Horgan says the same care home that was supposed to be taking care of Alex Gervais when he committed suicide in 2015 also cared for a teen referred to as ‘SH.’
She died in a Surrey tent city in November, soon after aging out of government care.
“Both came from First Nations backgrounds. Both were given over by government to the care of the same private care contractor. The same company that was negligent with Alex was designed to have care for SH,” he says.
Horgan says halting the audit was a missed opportunity.
“This company received millions of dollars from taxpayers to care for vulnerable kids. They couldn’t do it well. They closed, and the Premier said – and her government said, ‘I guess there is nothing to learn here.’ That is absolutely unacceptable.”
Horgan says throwing money at the problem now is too late for those who died.
Responding in question period, Premier Christy Clark cited an increase in the budget to help improve oversight of kids in care and keep more kids with family members.
Budget 2017 includes $145-million for the MCFD this year.