Monday, May 15, 2006

The Chief Coroner Calls Codswallop


A couple of days ago we pointed out that the British Columbia Liberal Government of Gordon Campbell is shamelessly attempting to spin the scathing Hughes Report into an anti-apoptotic apologia.

And now you don't have to just take our word for it, because B.C.'s Chief Coroner, Terry Smith, upon whom Mr. Campbell's minions have tried to pin the responsiblity for hundreds upon hundreds of uninvestigated child deaths in the province, has himself come out swinging:

''I think Mr. (Ted) Hughes placed it squarely with government,'' Smith said in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.


Hughes said he disagreed with Premier Gordon Campbell's assessment last fall that the coroners service budget was adequate, and that an appropriate plan was in place in 2002 to transfer the child death files to the coroner from the Children's Commission which the Liberals axed in a budget-cutting move.

Smith said Hughes' critical words ''got it right,'' but that the ball was dropped in the government's court not his.

''I think there were some real issues around the transition plans that didn't get communicated properly, and I think the disparity between the resources assigned to the Children's Commission and those given to the coroners service speak very loudly to that,'' he said.

Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2006

We've said it before, and we'll say it again:

How do these people sleep at night?

Original Link Source: Rick Barnes, who is back in the saddle again, if only temporarily.
And forget about the latest polls, because this government is built for good times only. Thus, when the commodity bubble bursts, as is inevitable, a lot of regular folks are going to wake up, smell the coffee and start hollering, 'Where'd our safety net go?' Not to mention all our pubic assets.


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