NDP disappointed McNeil government ignored concerns over Bill 112
December 12, 2015
Liberal amendments to the Children and Family Services Act disproportionally impact low-income families and could result in more children being placed under provincial care, says NDP Community Services Critic Marian Mancini. As a result, the NDP voted against Bill 112 today in the Legislature.
“What we learned at the Law Amendments committee is that Minister Bernard and her department did not properly consult on Bill 112,” says Mancini. “Social workers, legal aid lawyers, and members of the First Nations and African Nova Scotian communities all expressed significant concerns with the legislation, which the Liberal government refused to address. There are some good aspect to this bill, but as a whole it contains many flaws. As a result I voted against the bill.”
Mancini adds, “Minister Bernard really should have hit the pause button weeks ago and taken the time to get this bill right. It’s really disappointing that she refused to listen to the people working on the front lines whose sole focus is helping vulnerable children and families.”