Sask. NDP commends Children and Youth Advocate investigation

SASKATOON - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck applauded the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth for making good on her request to investigate allegations of abuse at Legacy Christian Academy and the provincial government’s response to them.

“By increasing funding to these schools and sweeping allegations of abuse under the rug, it is clear the Sask. Party government is not focused on the safety and best interests of our kids,” said Beck. “An independent investigation into qualified independent schools, the Legacy Christian Academy and the Sask. Party government’s shameful mishandling of these abuse allegations is welcome and long overdue.”

Today, the StarPhoenix revealed that another former teacher reported allegations of abuse to the Ministry of Education in 2016. Minister Duncan has repeatedly stated that abuse allegations are “historical in nature,” predating government funding and oversight in 2012.

“On one hand, the Sask. Party government is starving our public and separate school systems of funding and forcing them to cut essential staff and introduce lunchroom fees. On the other hand, they are increasing funding to schools with alleged cultures of abuse,” said Opposition Education Critic Matt Love. “If this doesn’t scream failed leadership, I don’t know what does.”

“I sincerely hope the Sask. Party government will cooperate with the Advocate’s investigation and heed their recommendations. In the meantime, we need answers from Scott Moe and his Education Minister on their shameful failure to act,” said Beck.

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