Yesterday, the provincial government released the summary of a review into the death of 19-month-old Sherry Charlie at the hands of her foster dad in Port Alberni. That review found numerous failures in the government child protection system that could have contributed to the infant's death. But what does New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons, a former independent social work consultant, have to say about this tragedy? After all, prior to winning a seat in the legislature, Mr. Simons was contracted by children and family development to investigate the Charlie case as part of the review.
On May 28, The Vancouver Sun's Nicholas Read reported toward the middle of that month the MLA received "the full final report, a draft precis and a summary version." At the time, he couldn't discuss the document until it was released. So now that that's happened, presumably Mr. Simons can comment. And perhaps he might have some theories as to why government would release the report almost three months later - in the dead of summer.