Yesterday, children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond released a scathing report that found "too little evidence" within the ministry of children and family development "of a coordinated effort to implement numerous Hughes recommendations where its leadership has been required." The minister's response: speaking in the legislature, Tom Christensen said, "We have gone a significant way to implementing the Hughes recommendations, by the representative's own measure; 60 percent of the recommendations are complete or, certainly, well in progress." But what Minister Christensen doesn't mention is that, of the 32 implementations he's bragging about, 16 relate to the establishment of a select standing committee on children and youth, the appointment of a child and youth representative or the supporting role of the coroners service in reviewing child deaths. Which means his ministry is responsible for just 50 percent of the recommendations that are "complete or, certainly, well in progress." Fancy that!
November 27, 2007