Your humble organ has spilled much ink reporting on the comings and goings of Lesley du Toit, the premier's international contractor of mystery (Public Eye passim). As our astute readers will already be aware, Ms. du Toit has a number of responsibilities - including assisting "government in developing a response to the recommendations of the Child and Youth Review Panel, headed by Ted Hughes, Q.C." - this, according to an information bulletin sent out last year. And childcare community members have been led to believe she will be one of, if not the prime mover and shaker in that effort. But when we asked Mr. Hughes whether Ms. du Toit had met or would be meeting with him to discuss those recommendations - which were released earlier today - the former conflict of interest commissioner replied "You bring me news. I was not aware she was going to be the implementer of the report. The answer to your question is no. But my executive director to my right had a telephone conversation with her somewhere over the last couple months. But I have no contact. And I was unaware she could be the prime implementer. You bring me news sir."
Asked about that response, Opposition leader Carole James said "I think the most telling point in time was when the minister himself said to our critic that we couldn't ask questions about Lesley du Toit's role in estimates. We had to wait and ask the premier. Because he hadn't met (with Ms. du Toit) and that Lesley du Toit had nothing to do with his ministry. So I think it just adds to the chaos that's outlined in this report.