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Stikine MLA now the Official Opposition spokesperson for children and family development

July 31, 2014 (HAZELTON, BC) – In a recently announced reassignment of shadow cabinet responsibilities, the leader of the Official Opposition John Horgan appointed Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson as the caucus spokesperson for children and family development.

“I’m very honored that our leader John Horgan has appointed me as Official Opposition spokesperson for the children and family development portfolio,” said Donaldson. “It is a large and complex Ministry that has extremely important responsibilities when it comes to issues of fairness and justice and building better communities.

“As a society we have mandated a role for our provincial government to assist children in need to reach their full potential and to help families create loving, caring and safe environments for this to happen,” said the Stikine MLA. “I believe we need to shine light on government decisions in the hope that they will reverse bad choices and make better decisions in the future, whether it’s the failure to address the issue that more than 50% of kids in care are of aboriginal ancestry or the cutting of services, like youth custody facilities, that will only lead to further social and economic costs down the road, just to give a couple of examples.”

Donaldson sits on the bipartisan Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth, which receives regular updates from the Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. His past portfolios in caucus include aboriginal relations, mining and deputy finance.

“Doing the best job we can for children and families that need a helping hand improves social justice which is necessary for environmental and economic justice as well. That is one reason why I believe this portfolio has profound implications for those of us wanting to make BC a better place to live for all,” said Donaldson.