Children’s Commissioner: Bill C-420 vote on November 5

Bill C-420 is a private member’s bill to establish a National Children’s Commissioner.  It will be debated again on November 5.  A vote could send the bill to committee or kill it.   Children’s advocates are encouraging members of parliament from all parties to support referral to a committee so the proposal can be studied in more detail.

The CCRC has long promoted the need for a focal point for children within the federal government.

The Third/Fourth review of Canada’s record on children’s rights  showed the gaps and inconsistencies in policies for children in Canada.  Provincial children’s advocates cannot address federal policies; a national advocate is needed.

Experience in other countries shows that an Ombudsperson for Children can make a significant difference for children.

 

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