Carole James MLA Report – August

Government has a core responsibility to care for children and youth, and especially for those who need support services. British Columbia must ensure that our children and youth are a top priority.

I am pleased and honoured to be named the Opposition Critic for Children and Family Development. I care deeply about this work, and have a particular interest in it, as I’ve been a foster parent, worked in residential care, aboriginal child and family services, cooperative preschools, and served as Director of Child Care for the province.

In the months ahead, I will be working with those committed to this vital work across our province. They include dedicated frontline workers, the many not-for-profit organizations serving children and youth, families, foster families, aboriginal agencies, and community groups.

Together they are strong voices and advocates. I intend to listen to their concerns, and bring their voices and their passion forward into the Legislature.

My priorities will be:
o To hold government accountable for protecting services for the most vulnerable through its budget and core review.
o To push the ministry for more transparency and accountability. How are services for children and youth being delivered, and what measures are in place to ensure services are working?
o To improve those services. To achieve results, I will work cooperatively with anyone, including this government. But I’m also committed to strongly speaking out if we’re not seeing the improvements we need.
o To work closely with the Representative for Children and Youth.
o To listen and learn from dedicated individuals who work in the sector, doing much with scarce resources.
o To ensure the voices of those receiving services are listened to and heard.

I am also fortunate to take on my critic role with two colleagues: Jennifer Rice, MLA for Prince Rupert, is Deputy Critic for MCFD; and Maurine Karagianis, MLA for Esquimalt Royal Roads, has responsibility for Child Care and Early Learning.

My community office is open through the summer, and my staff is available to help you with issues and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with access to government services or any questions about provincial programs.

1084 Fort Street Victoria, BC V8V 3K4 Phone: 250 952-4211 Carole.James.mla@leg.bc.ca