On Friday November 6, after 3 am in the morning, Cindy Lamoureux spoke forcefully and effectively against the passage of Bill 2. Her comments are below.
Ms. Cindy Lamoureux (Tyndall Park): I just wanted to have the opportunity to put a few short words on the record. Our party will not be supporting Bill 2 because it does continue to create a larger wedge in our economic recovery.
We can talk about 800 Adele and how this government continues to put false information on the record. The facts are: the Province chose to evict vulnerable children from a safe space while causing destruction and trauma. The Premier (Mr. Pallister) and some ministers are, in fact, now facing court challenges because of the comments that they have made in response to their mishandling the contract with the owners of the building.
We can also talk about the obstacles for children in care that this government continues to put in place, talk about CFS special allowance and how this government followed the NDP's lead in clawing back funds for children in care.
In essence, Madam Speaker, this negatively affects children and youth for when they age out of care. They are left with nothing. The Province should be responsible for ensuring that children and youth are prepared to reach their full potential when they age out of care, not continue to put up more barriers for them.
Madam Speaker, we also know that this bill and the 2.9 per cent hydro rate increase completely undermines our Crown corporations. This is why we have the Public Utilities Board, to ensure fair rates.
Madam Speaker, just very quick recap: this bill negatively affects children who are in care and it completely undermines our Crown corporations, and that's why we are not going to be supporting this legislation.