Premier Christy Clark is pushing back against those who have accused her Families First messaging of being exclusionary. For example, the Times Colonist's Dave Obee recently questioned why a government news release about the opening of a trail in North Vancouver only emphasized its use by families. "What about single people? Does this mean you can't walk the trail unless you have a toddler in tow?" In response, Ms. Clark has been attempting to broaden the definition of a Families First family. And today's throne speech is an example of that. In it, the government states "families can extend beyond bloodlines, to one's support network of friends and mentors. How we define them is a personal choice." But it remains to be seen whether British Columbians will buy that messaging.
October 3, 2011