Let’s talk about priorities, and doing what needs to be done now, not at next years budget.
The BC Liberal government just announced this: $100 million dollar fund to boost B.C’s tech sector
Yet even having acknowledged that the Ministry of Children and Family Development has been starved for resources for years-YEARS-and a stated need for at least $50 million to hire and train new staff….
This is the governments response:
Cadieux said she’ll study the report for the next few months and has asked Plecas to remain with the ministry to help implement the recommendations and provide a six-month update.
She promised no immediate specific funding, saying that is a matter for the budget, to be tabled in February.
Now let me say this. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been saying the same things Bob Plecas has said in this new report, for years. ( this link is from October 2014. Nothing was done.Think about that.)
It’s not a surprise to anyone,least of all this government that something has needed to be done for far too long. They have chosen to ignore those prior recommendations and with every single tragic death pledge again and again, to ‘examine the issues and find out what went wrong.” It’s one show of concern after another with absolutely zero results. Kind of like the Highway of Tears #MMIW recommendations.
How many children and youth deaths does it have to take for some action? It’s just not right to wait until February to make a firm commitment to get that money out, when $150 million was just handed out like an election was happening tomorrow.
But I get it. Those kids in care don’t vote. And they sure as heck don’t make for a good smiley photo opportunity for anyone in this government.
Just for once, please, do the right thing, right now. Because we don’t want to see even one more tragic story appear in a list that grows longer every year.