Earlier today, former conflict of interest commissioner Ted Hughes released his independent review of the British Columbia's child protection system. The review, which is presently being reported on by length and breadth of the provincial press pack, makes a number of recommendations including the establishment of a "a new (all-party) standing committee on Children and Youth." Of course, this isn't the first time the idea of such a committee has been floated.
Back in February 24, 2000, when then Liberal Opposition leader Gordon Campbell addressed members of the Federation of Child and Family Services of British Columbia, he said "There will be a Children's Committee in the Legislature. It will meet and we will ask you to come and tell us what your experience's are, how we can help, the things that we can do that are explicit, that are direct. That will allow us to move forward on the agenda...So I think that is a way of establishing long term, basically public literacy about children and family issues and legislative responsibility for responding to them in a constructive and non-partisan way." That committee was never established.