Alistair speaks out against lack of funding to support children of missing or murdered parents

Mr. Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, NDP):  

    Mr. Speaker, a federal fund that is designed to support parents with murdered or missing children is failing victims. The victims fund has spent 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants. The fund spends only 7% of its budget on actual victims. This is unacceptable. The criteria for accessing this fund are so stringent that families are getting squeezed out.

    Will the minister commit, today, to fixing this fund so that victims get the support they need?


Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Lib.):  

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for giving me the opportunity to share the deep concern of Canadians and all members of the House for the very trying circumstances of families of missing or murdered children. The current program that was brought in by the previous government is clearly not working. In the coming months, we will study the program, make some changes to it, and ensure that it works properly.