Earlier, we reported a Canadian submission to the United Nations on measures taken to protect child rights between 1998 and 2007 was handed in on November 20 - ten months later than originally planned. So why the delay? Well, in an email response, Canadian Heritage assured us the federal government "takes its implementation and reporting obligations seriously." But "the number and complexity of reports required under the various treaties, resources, workload and priority pressures can affect the ability of all jurisdictions in Canada to produce reports in an expedient fashion."
The department also stated the provincial government was responsible for putting together the section of the submission on British Columbia. The section promoted a number of programs that have recently been cut by the Campbell administration. And it was criticized by independent children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond for omitting key information.