Orrell wants Premier to show leadership and let boy stay in Ontario with his family

September 01, 2016 at 12:53 pm

PC MLA says McNeil needs to intervene and halt bureaucratic nonsense

Eddie Orrell

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA Eddie Orrell says Stephen McNeil needs to intervene personally in the case of a teen in the care of the Nova Scotia government who wants to remain with his family in Ontario.

The boy, abandoned by his parents, has been living in a stable environment with a family in Ontario. Government bureaucrats in Nova Scotia are demanding he return to the province for the sake of process, even though his Ontario family members have been awarded temporary custody.

Yesterday, Stephen McNeil defended the government, saying officials needed to do “due diligence.”

“This is one of those times when the Premier has a chance to show real leadership and help someone in need, but instead he’s letting the government hide behind bureaucratic nonsense,” says Orrell. “Stephen McNeil needs to stop defending the bureaucrats who are causing this family undue hardship and start standing up for this child who needs his help.”

Orrell says the Premier could send a powerful message by intervening personally and fighting for the boy and his family.

“This isn’t about politics,” says Orrell. “If Stephen McNeil is prepared to reject his previous comments and do what’s right, I will stand by his side.”

Orrell says that when children are involved, the government should always put their interests first. He says the Progressive Conservatives plan to raise the issue with the McNeil Liberals when the House of Assembly reconvenes later this fall. In the meantime, he wants the Premier to help.