A report into the widely criticized provincial Children’s Ministry says its failings have been blown out of proportion.
The review was conducted by former government bureaucrat Bob Plecas after several high-profile deaths and injuries of children in government care.
In his findings, Plecas criticizes the province’s child and youth watchdog while saying the ministry does a good job but has been starved of necessary resources, though he says his criticism of the watchdog is part of an overall analysis.
He responds to criticism from some Aboriginal leaders that they weren’t consulted in the report by saying that’s another issue.
He says Aboriginal children in care should be covered in a different report, referring to Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit and former Minister for Children and Families.
Doug Donaldson is the NDP’s official opposition spokesperson for children and family, and says with so many children in care coming from an aboriginal background, the report is missing and important perspective.
Donaldson says with the release of this report, it’s a good time for Children and Family Minister, Stephanie Cadieux to step down, a call in which the NDP have become more and more vocal.
Minister Cadieux outlined the next step in a press conference immediately after the report was issued, saying the ministry will look into and consider the recommendations.
The report advises a multi-year plan to address the ministry’s problems including boosting staff resources, implementing quality assurance, providing oversight and putting the financial resources in place.