Last month, during his year-end interview with The Canadian Press's Dirk Meissner, Premier Gordon Campbell said "all of what I've tried to do in public life is about children." This, in response to questions about his administration's commitment to protecting and improving the lives of the province's most vulnerable children. But his party isn't yet prepared to discuss what it would to meet that commitment if the Liberals win a third term in government. On January 14, the party declined an opportunity to discuss its platform with members of the First Call Coalition, which represents more than 80 organizations concerned with child welfare issues. The reason: the Liberals are "still in the process of formulating their policy platform for the election."
"We know all the parties are still engaged in formulating their official platforms. But we were offering an opportunity to meet with a very broad table of child and youth experts and advocates who would inform their policy development through dialogue and also give them a chance to test some ideas or tell us what their initial priorities are for children," commented First Call provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani. "We are a non-partisan coalition. There's lot of Liberals in our coalition. And they're looking for a chance to dialogue. So we were quite disappointed they didn't take us up on our offer" - which was accepted by both the New Democrats and the Greens.