Nova Scotia should have a child and youth advocate, says community services minister

Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane didn’t mince her words in responding to Premier Stephen McNeil's comments that no one has voice their concerns about the Northern Pulp effluent pipe to him. “There's no other way to put it. It is a lie. Anyone can go to the legislature website and look at Hansard and see the number of questions that I have asked.”

Nova Scotia's minister of community services says the province should have a child and youth advocate.

Karla MacFarlane made the comments following today's first meeting of the new Progressive Conservative cabinet.

MacFarlane says it's a concept she will be bringing forward for discussion during the government's mandate, although she gave no specifics or timelines.

The minister says she believes it's important to give young people a voice and a connection directly to government.

MacFarlane says she also believes the general public would agree that advocating for youth is important.

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island are among the provinces with dedicated child advocate offices.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 2, 2021.