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.