...Run From The Sickness And The Culture
From the VT-C's Lindsay Kines:
Premier Christy Clark's decision to cancel the fall sitting of the legislature means a further delay in expanding the powers of B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth.
Clark promised earlier this year to give Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond the ability to advocate for vulnerable young people until they reach age 24.
Under current rules, Turpel-Lafond loses the ability to help once they turn 19. This has created problems for her office, particularly when it tries to help youth with developmental disabilities as they enter adulthood and responsibility for their care shifts from the Children's Ministry to Community Living B.C.
The premier said in January that the government would expand Turpel-Lafond's powers as part of a 12-point, $40-million plan to fix problems at Community Living B.C. and improve services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Her government failed to introduce the necessary bill during the spring sitting of the legislature, and with no session this fall, it will be next year before Turpel-Lafond gets the tools she needs...
I guess Ms. Clark was right last week because, clearly, some people really will say anything to try and get elected.
This important story from Mr. Kines is not some codswallop about bogus third-place candidate poaching that, according to the CBC's Stephen Smart, left the BC Cons 'reeling'.
Instead, it is a story about real people, people that need our help most, that Ms. Clark is shafting with her cynical ploy to avoid both legislative and media scrutiny of any real substance while her surrogates, conflicted water-carriers, and smear-site merchants attempt to drive everyone else's negatives as high as her own.
Because, based on the evidence so far, that is clearly their only real strategy.
And it's despicable.
And Ms. Clark needs to be called out on it.
Long, hard and repeatedly.
Because she's supposed to be running this province, not just her own extended, two year-long election campaign.