This morning, children and family development deputy minister Lesley du Toit refused to tell the select standing committee on children and youth whether she would be willing to "sit down and meet and talk" directly with the government's independent child protection watchdog. But, that being said, she stated she has "never refused to meet" with the watchdog, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. This, despite having rejected Ms. Turpel-Lafond's request for a personal briefing on the ministry's so-called practice change initiative late last year. So we wanted to ask Ms. du Toit about both issues as she was leaving the committee. This what happened.
March 3, 2010