Child apprehensions was on the mind of provincial NDP leader Ryan Meili during Question Period on Tuesday.
Meili says there has been a 42 percent rise in the amount of child apprehensions in their first month of life and accused the government of not having a plan to deal with this while in Manitoba that province has developed a plan that has seen the number of kids in care drop for the first time in 15 years.
Social Services Minister Paul Merriman says his government does have a plan and that the situation is not as dire as the NDP paints it out to be.
“We have several programs to keep families together.” Merriman explained. ” It is not Social Services policy to just go in apprehend. We only do that in extreme circumstances.”
Meili says he has seen the grief and distress first-hand from his work as a family doctor that new parents went through as a result of apprehensions and the harm they do to children and families. He feels the government simply isn’t doing enough in this area to move from words to action.