Quality rather than quantity time?

Those who follow the goings on a children and family development have often wondered what the relationship is like between deputy minister Lesley du Toit and child and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. Well, there's been lots of idle gossip about that question as of late. But, what we do know for sure is that, last year, "agreement was made between the DM and the Representative that they will meet once very (sic) four months." This, according to confidential leadership team meeting minutes obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request. The following is the relevant portion of that document.

Strictly Confidential

Meeting Minutes for December 6, 2006

Attendance: Lesley Du Toit, Craig Wilkinson, Mark Sieben, Chuck Earner, Karen Dellert, Nikki McCallum, Deb Foxcroft, Doug Hughes, Alan Markwart, Pat Doyle, Chuck Eamer, Bev Dicks, Stan Williams
Absent: Kelly Gleeson, Doug Hayman, Donna Knox, Peter Cunningham

15. Marey Ellen Turpel-Lalond - the Deputy- the Deputy Minister gave a brief description of her initial discussion with the new Representative. Agreement was made between the DM and the Representative that they will meet once very four months.

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Those among us who have first hand experience of both women don't "wonder" at all.

It merely demonstrates the usefulness of having the Legislature determine who will be our leaders in delivering services to children, youth and families rather than the Premier's Office.

Agree with Valerie and would add that one of them isn't threatened by having people around her who are as or more knowledgeable and experienced.

Agree with both of the posters.What will their relatonship with one another be? I expect that one of them will skillfully and with grace, manage anything that comes her way while the other will do anything to avoid having one.

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