More PC cuts put children’s lives at risk

EDMONTON – New Democrat MLA David Eggen called on the government today to reverse budget cuts to the office of the Child and Youth Advocate.

“No one wants to see another innocent child die in care, especially when these tragic deaths could be prevented. We need to provide the Child and Youth Advocate the resources he needs to do his job so that we can protect Alberta’s most vulnerable children,” said Eggen.
In December, the PC dominated Legislative Offices Committee voted to cut the budgets of the Ethics Commissioner, Child and Youth Advocate, Privacy Commissioner, Ombudsmen, Public Interest Commissioner and Auditor General by 2%, which translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding for the already under-resourced offices.
Today, the committee heard concerns voiced in a letter from the office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Del Graff says his office will not be able to complete its mandated responsibilities with the proposed budget.
“Kids in care should not have to pay the price with cuts for the way this PC government squandered our wealth in the good years. The PCs continue to prove that they will always put their own interests ahead of kids in this province.”