CUPE has presented a motion at a Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of two Ontario children, calling as evidence the performance contracts of the current and former deputy ministers of community and social services.
Peter Paulekat, President of Local 2316 representing front line workers at the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto says the records are very highly relevant to the proceedings. “The deputy ministers’ performance contracts will reveal the government’s marching orders for the safety and well-being of the province’s children and families,” says Paulekat.
The recently-leaked performance contract for the deputy minister of education revealed instructions to cut a further $667 million from education spending while providing no direction to improve the quality of the education system. CUPE argues that the jury should examine comparable documents for the community and social services ministry to evaluate the government’s instructions and possible impacts for children.
Paulekat says that the current provincial government is perpetuating an insidious war against children and that all front line workers charged with protecting and nurturing children have a responsibility to speak out.