This analysis of the Throne Speech and Budget focuses on longer-term issues for children. Support for families is positive; how that support is delivered over the coming years will make a big difference for children and for Canadian society. Giving priority to children in program review is important for next year’s budget. Immediate attention is needed for Aboriginal education and child welfare. For details: ccrc-throne-speech-and-budget-analysis-2011
The CCRC proposes that the First Call for Children principle be applied in the upcoming program review and budget cuts to reduce the deficit. A letter to the Prime Minister also proposes the use of child impact assessments before the adoption of new policies that affect children. Read letter: letter-to-pm-on-first-call-for-children.
A small phrase in the Supreme Court Decision on Omar Khadr is key for an appropriate reponse by the government. It is the principle of the Best Interests of the Child. Read CCRC commentary: omar-khadr-decision-commentary
The Senate Human Rights Committee is studying Sexual Exploitation of Children in Canada. The CCRC emphasized three themes in its presentation:
1. strengthen focus on prevention in national strategy
2. enforce existing laws by supporting young people through the process to increase rate of conviction of predators
3. national leadership in respect for children’s rights is essential.
To read the full submission or submissions by others, check out the offical record of the hearings on the Senate committee website.
The CCRC joined other human rights groups to call for reform of existing mechanisms to implement international human rights agreements in Canada. The occasion was the weak response by Canada to recommendations received during its first review under the new Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council. See news-release-for-upr-news-conference