The slowest pen in the west?

Last year, the government's independent child protection watchdog asked for a "quick note" about the status of two councils advising the ministry of children and family development. But, according to records obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, the response to that letter was anything but speedy.

The ministry's youth and aboriginal elders' councils were setup in 2006 to guarantee the voices of both communities were heard within government - something the watchdog, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, has described as "vital."

Which is why, on November 2, 2009, she wrote to the ministry's top bureaucrat asking, "Are both advisory bodies functioning? Have there been adjustments made to their roles and responsibilities?"

But it took 21 days for Lesley du Toit to pen the three paragraph note responding to that letter, informing Ms. Turpel-Lafond that both councils had been closed down because their work was complete or nearing completion.

Fancy that!

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