Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Premier Gordon Campbell said "all of what I've tried to do in public life is about children." This, in response to questions about his administration's commitment to protecting and improving the lives of the province's most vulnerable children.

The best of intentions
Sean Holman, Public Eye Online. January 26, 2009

Yes, Mr. Campbell, you ooze concern for BC's most vulnerable children. What does it say about a Premier who won't even go talk to the province's Representative for Children & Youth and the Opposition critic about coming up with solutions for BC's horrific record on leading Canada in child poverty for 6 years in a row!!!

Of the many things I hoped BC might lead on, I never in my worst nightmares thought we would deprive so many children of the basic necessities of life. An entire generation under this government has been raised in a substandard way. We all share in the shame and disgrace of that but no more than Mr. Campbell himself. Not knowing about a problem, hey, maybe that can be a mistake, or an oversight. But knowing about a massive problem and choosing NOT to do anything about it, especially when it concerns our children - that is, in it's essence, evil.

Those who do evil and those who stand by and watch evil done are one in the same. This neglect and these human rights abuses will be visited upon all of us in massive public disorder and many other dark things in the years to come. Mark those words. Mark these ones as well - this Campbell BC neo-Liberal administration is socially and politically constructing the biggest and deepest poverty in the history of BC. Massive social disorder and dislocation is being seen all over BC. It is not a coincidence.

Children shouldn't have to fight so hard just to survive and why would our Premier want them too?


Premier Gordon Campbell spurns call for talks on growing B.C. child poverty

By Lindsay Kines,

Times Colonist

June 24, 2009 6:11 AM

Premier Gordon Campbell has rejected calls by the province's child rep for a joint leaders' meeting to deal with worsening levels of child poverty.

Campbell said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond should take her concerns to the all-party legislative committee devoted to child and youth issues.

"I think the whole point is not to politicize these things," he told reporters on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting yesterday. "We are the political leaders. I think there is a legislative committee that the child rep reports to, and I think it's appropriate for her to do that."

Turpel-Lafond, who is an independent officer of the legislature, said earlier this month that she hoped to organize a meeting with Campbell and NDP Leader Carole James to discuss the "declining situation" for B.C.'s children.

B.C. has the highest child-poverty rate in the country, and the number of two-parent families on welfare jumped 77 per cent from April 2008 to this year. "The premier and the Opposition leader need to sit down "Are we addressing it? Are we doing enough? Can we do more and work more collaboratively on it?"

James agreed to the meeting and called for a poverty-reduction plan with clear goals and timelines. "From my perspective, any opportunity to have a conversation about how we can address this, and how we can do things differently, I think is a plus," she said.

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

Tragic consequences

Robert Matas, June 20, 2009. Globe & Mail.
Felicia Wale, whose son died earlier this month in government care, can't understand why the state has taken away her children.

Liberals heading back into 2001-style change, cuts
Paul Willcocks, Paying attention

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