November 2012: I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada in support of a Children’s Rights Coalition in BC. I expressed my sincere concerns for the children of Bountiful, their lack of education, their slim chances of being able to develop into mature adults able to survive in mainstream society. I pointed to the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child, etc. Following is the reply I received. If you can find anything about the children of Bountiful who are suppressed in a all-encompassing cult that laughs at the laws of Canada, please advise! NM
Dear Ms. Mereska:
I am pleased to respond to your correspondence of November 28, 2012, which was forwarded to Minister Finley by the Office of the Prime Minister, concerning children’s rights in Canada. The Minister has requested that I respond to your correspondence on her behalf. I apologize for this delayed reply.
Canada is a federal state with legislative, executive and judicial powers divided or shared between federal and provincial and territorial governments. This means that 14 governments in Canada share responsibility for implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. Canada’s domestic implementation of its obligations under these instruments is multifaceted, including through constitutional protections, recognizing our First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations and a variety of legislation, policies, programs and services at the federal and provincial/territorial levels.
All levels of government in Canada take seriously their obligations under the Convention, and are committed to protecting and promoting children’s rights in an effective, cooperative and meaningful way.
The Government of Canada is committed to meeting the needs of Canadian children and their families. We are committed to helping parents balance work and family life, and to providing them with real choices in deciding what is best for their children. That is why we are providing over $6.3 billion in 2012–2013 in support of early childhood development and early learning and child care through transfers to the provinces and territories, direct spending and tax measures for families. This is the largest investment in early childhood development and early learning and child care in the history of Canada.
The Government of Canada is committed to the protection of children and the elimination of harmful child labour. We work in collaboration with our international partners, including the International Labour Organization to combat child labour internationally. The Government of Canada contributed to “The Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016”, adopted at the Global Child Labour Conference in May 2010. We support the Roadmap’s actions, and will work to implement them by 2016.
At the federal level, a number of departments are charged with responsibilities related to children and are already working together to improve their well-being. These include Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Justice Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. As some of the issues you raise fall under the purview of the Minister of Justice, I have taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your letter to my colleague Donald Piragoff, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector, Justice Canada.
I trust that my comments are helpful in addressing your concerns. Thank you for writing.
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Strategic Policy Research Branch
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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