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The Campbell administration appears to have moved to retroactively curtail children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's sweeping power to access government documents. The law governing the representative presently gives Ms. Turpel-Lafond the right to any information held by a public body regardless of "any claim of confidentiality or privilege" except one based on solicitor-client privilege. That right could be read as allowing her to access confidential cabinet documents. But, yesterday, the government introduced an amendment to the Representative for Children and Youth Act clarifying that power "does not apply with respect to information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees." If passed, the amendment will be deemed to have taken effect on March 30, 2007. That's the date the Children and Youth Representative Act came into force.

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It really begs the question of what Cabinet discussions could be so politically damaging to the Campbell government that they'd have to go to such extraordinary lengths to ensure the Representative for Children and Youth will never get to see them.

Or does Mr Campbell seriously expect the public to believe that he's just doing this because discussions relating to child protection or early intervention for children with special needs could be matters of state security?

The lady is doing her job and Gordo doesn't like it, so he is trying to kneecap her. His way or the highway usually works ,unfortunatly, but he is stuck with a strong person with a fine legal background as a judge. Don't try to undermine her position

Yesterday they castrated the BCUC. Now the Children and Youth Representative Act. It's obvious that they want to run roughshod over anyone or anything that stands in their way.

It kind of reminds one of a certain European leader that created a lot of fuss around the world in the 30s and 40s.

It's time for the NDP to join with the non-government service providers and take a stand on this matter. There has to be a coordinated effort to expose the Campbell government's attempts to stifle the office of the Child and Youth Representative by limiting her access to documents that would show the soulness nature of this Cabinet. It doesn't have anything to do with Ms Turpel-Lafond personally (except that she is a relentless advocate). It is simply about the Liberals cutting the overall provincial budget with the least amount of scrutiny. In order to do, they need to obstruct the Officer of the Legislature's access to documents that damage Cabinet's credibility.

I concur with Crankypants, the B.C. Liberals are conducting themselves in a Fascist manner... ...let's see:

1. we have a centralistic government;
2. headed by a dictatorial leader;
3. who thinks nothing of trumping the rights of individuals or those opposed, through the implementation of:

a. severe social reforms [Education, Post-Secondary, Children and Families, Recreation and Arts reductions];
b. ecconomic restraints [removal of audit and oversight mechanisms, health care and public sector wage freezes]; and
c. autocratic measures [forced back-to-work legislation and introduction of the HST].

...hmmmm, sounds sort of like those Fascists of old, eh?

I concur with Crankypants, the B.C. Liberals are conducting themselves in a Fascist manner... ...let's see:

1. we have a centralistic government;
2. headed by a dictatorial leader;
3. who thinks nothing of trumping the rights of individuals or those opposed, through the implementation of:

a. severe social reforms [Education, Post-Secondary, Children and Families, Recreation and Arts reductions];
b. ecconomic restraints [removal of audit and oversight mechanisms, health care and public sector wage freezes]; and
c. autocratic measures [forced back-to-work legislation and introduction of the HST].

...hmmmm, sounds sort of like those Fascists of old, eh?

BCLibs Fascist?!? What next...

We had a free, fair and legal election last year. We also have serious FOI reforms on the way. Give me a break!

Oh come now Josef, "we"?

YOU were no part of any election and are no part of any FOI reforms in British Columbia from your perch down there in Washington state.

Give ME a break!

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