The provincial Greens' election platform states the Liberals' constant restructuring has undermined the "ability of the ministry of children and family development to adopt a proactive and positive approach to child protection" - an opinion shared by Ted Hughes in his independent review of that system. But, in the same plank, the party promises to launch its own restructuring process, which would decentralize the ministry by establishing "local social trusts." Confronted with that apparent inconsistency, leader Jane Sterk told Public Eye, "There is a need to do something different. And it can happen as a transition - nothing can be abrupt, But if you're getting a result you don't want - a stable level of children in care in perpetuity than you need to do something different."
May 4, 2009