Community Living BC under fire again
The B.C. government came under fire for the second straight day Tuesday over the closure of group homes for the developmentally disabled operated by Community Living BC.
In Question Period in Victoria, NDP leader Adrian Dix tried to get the government to admit that some patients have been moved out of their homes without their consent, something the government has previously denied was happening.
Dix also called for an impendent review of CLBC, something his party has been demanding for several weeks — and an argument that picked up steam when CLBC CEO Rick Mowles was abruptly fired last week.
Social Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux ducked Dix's questions, and said an internal review of CLBC is already under way.
"Looking at all of the services that we deliver to people with developmental disabilities and make sure that we're addressing all of the gaps that can or may exist," said Cadieux.
However, she also admits there have been gaps in services and the government is working to make sure people get the support they require.
The issue gained momentum Monday when Liberal MLA Randy Hawes said it was time for a top-to-bottom review of his own government's record on care for the developmentally disabled.
Hawes said Tuesday it seems many people are in agreement.
"I have literally hundreds of e-mails of support, many of them filled with just heart-wrenching stories," he said. "This is a very real problem out there and we have to address it and I think we will."
With files from the CBC's Jeff Davies, The Canadian Press