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Voice of the People (The Chronicle Herald)

The Chronicle Herald
May 7, 2002


Voice of the People


Dear Editor:

Recently, we drove by St. John's United Church in Wellington. A small yellow sign by the driveway caught our attention; it shows a child's face and the words, "Child Poverty, A Million Broken Promises."

It reminded us of the 1998 report of the joint committee on child custody and access, For the Sake of the Children; and the justice minister's 1999 response, Strategy for Reform. Then justice minister Anne McLellan was to announce changes this month. She is now our federal health minister and our new justice minister, Martin Cauchon, is sticking his head in the sand.

On April 5 and 6, Senator Anne Cools and MP Roger Gallaway hosted a symposium in Ottawa to discuss issues relating to the For the Sake of the Children report. The professional speakers acknowledged the immediate need for change, in a system where only lawyers and judges are benefiting.


Thelma and Brian Gillespie,

Lower Sackville, Grandparents Rights for N.S. Association