The Representative for Children and Youth issued this statement today following the Honourable Mary McNeil’s announcement:
Minister McNeil has made a significant contribution during her tenure as Minister of Children and Family Development. She has brought effective leadership and stability to this important portfolio. I am thankful for our respectful and productive working relationship, and the frank, open and frequent discussion on important and emerging issues.
On the other hand, I understand the enormous pressures of elected office, particularly one that impacts on the lives of so many vulnerable citizens. I know how committed Mary McNeil is to her family and can only applaud her for her wonderful years of public service.
I await further information how this announcement will impact her ministerial duties.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Representative for Children and Youth, British Columbia