Skip to main content

Manitoba Advocate exposes gaping holes in Pallister's approach to mental and brain health in children and youth.

This morning, we sent out a press release about the report released today by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth. Our press release is below: 

Manitoba Advocate Report Details Tragic Failures and Gaps in Mental Health

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberals say the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth report into the death by suicide of a young man who was failed by multiple systems is a searing exposure of how the Pallister government is failing Manitobans – especially children and youth on mental health.

Matthew was bullied without mercy, his parents and CFS both did everything they could, even as other agencies and services closed their files on a young man who died too soon. The report describes a “patchwork” of services where a victim of bullying was suspended from school but the bullying was not addressed. 

“This is a heartbreaking story and it highlights the desperate need for better mental health supports and services in Manitoba,” said Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA for St. Boniface.

“We want to express our deep condolences and extreme sadness to his family and friends over the tragic death of Matthew,” said Liberal Health Critic and MLA for River Heights, Jon Gerrard. “The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth is to be congratulated on a very thorough report, which makes it crystal clear that, except for the CFS agency involved, Manitoba’s health and social services fell short."

Manitoba Liberals say the Pallister government must take immediate steps and implement the Manitoba Advocate’s recommendations.  Manitoba Liberals added the province should cover psychotherapy under medicare and expand services for young people. They are also calling again on the government to immediately proclaim legislation that expands the powers of the Manitoba Advocate. The government has already passed the legislation, but has not gone through the final steps of making it law.

Under current law, the Manitoba Advocate can only investigate cases of children who are involved with Child and Family Services. The new legislation would allow the Advocate’s office to investigate cases involving all children in Manitoba.

“We are once again calling on the Pallister government to immediately proclaim phase 2 and phase 3 of this legislation, so every child in Manitoba can have a voice, not just those in CFS,” said Lamont.

“This is a tragic situation, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Gerrard. “Mental health care is health care, and we have to provide families and children with the coordinated support they need - whether it is in school, the health system or social services.”


  1. I saw a health promotion on a herbalist from West Africa who prepares herbal medicines to cure all sorts of diseases including HIV and many others sickness, I first doubted It was not true but decided to try, when I contacted this herbal physician so lucky I was cure right now am so happy don't lose hope to contact him on time
    via his e-mail, or you can visit his website on https:// or i was totally cure from the virus


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Comparison between Manitoba and South Dakota shows dramatic impact of Physical Distancing

Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March.  South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory.   The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions.   This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14.  Manitoba ( red line )  started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then.   South Dakota ( blue line )   has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4.  Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations

Standing up for Seniors

Yesterday in the Legislature I  asked the Minister of Health questions about the care of seniors in personal care homes in Manitoba.   I specfically called for the Minister to increase the training and staffing requirements for personal care homes in Manitoba to bring them up to date.   My questions, the Minister's comments and the Speaker's interjection are below:  Personal-Care-Home  Improvements - Need for Upgrades to Standards and Training Hon. Jon  Gerrard   (River Heights): Madam Speaker, we're very concerned this government is not adapting to the reality of caring for seniors who are living longer. Seniors living in our personal-care homes today have much more challenging health-care conditions than those who were in similar homes even five years ago, and yet the staffing formula, or minimal personnel requirement, is over 20 years old. Too few care aides and nurses are adequately trained to look after residents with dementia and multiple chronic health conditi

Karen Keppler 1953 - 2020

  Karen was an incredible person who helped so many people. She had a heart of gold. Back in 1994 to 1997 we worked closely together to help communities all over Manitoba get connected to the internet. In the years since she has done amazing things.   She has served as Chair of the Winnipeg Library Foundation and helped with raising money for the expansion of the Millenium Library.    She helped many people to get new opportunities through the Selkirk and District Learning Centre and through her activities at the University of Winnipeg and the Herzing College.   She was an entrepreneur who helped many people move forward and start successful businesses.  Karen was very concerned about her community.  In she was   the Manitoba Liberal Party candidate in Sekirk constituency.   When the COVID pandemic came, Karen was really helpful in an effort to get computers for kids in need so that they could learn at home. Even recently when I was working to understand lead pollution and lead effects