In the Legislature
Karin Kirkpatrick was first elected as MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano in 2020. She currently serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Children, Family Development, and Childcare.
Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
As the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Children and Families and Child Care, I am a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. I must say this is one of the most emotional parts of my role as MLA. We meet with the Representative for Children and Families to review reports and recommendations on issues related to youth in our Province. Most recently, we heard the story of Skye, a young Indigenous girl who moved foster homes multiple times between the ages of 12 and 17 when she ended her life with an overdose. The report stressed the importance of community connection and highlights the systematic issues when government deals with Indigenous families and children in care.
Special Committee on the Reform of the Police A
I am also pleased to be participating as a member of the Special Committee on the Reform of the Police Act. The Committee is made up of MLAs across all parties. We have been actively engaged in hearing from groups and individuals with lived experience in and with policing. It has been enlightening to participate on this exceptionally important project.
I would encourage you to look at the work of this Committee at https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees/41stParliament-5thSession-rpa