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Earlier this month, Public Eye reported the provincial government could introduce legislation allowing authorities to detain at-risk youths against their will. But the Liberals gave no indication they might pass such a law during the election campaign. When asked by the Children of the Streets Society whether their party would "advocate and assist in the development of regulations, policies and procedures to implement a Secure Care Act," the Liberals stated they would be "prepared to listen" to the group's "perspective on this issue."

The New Democrats gave a similar non-answer, promising to "work with experts and child care advocates to determine the best course of action in developing regulations to protect children at risk." But Conservative candidate Mary-Ann Graham was less equivocal, telling the society secure care "sounds like a reasonable action ensuring that there is no doubt that it is not nuisance complaint by someone that has an ulterior motive to place it."

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