Whitehorse Daily Star

Report will not affect the CASA

Kate White, the leader of the Yukon NDP, says she’s not ready to pull the plug on the governing Liberals over the latest report on the Hidden Valley School sexual 
abuse scandal.

By T.S. Giilck on September 13, 2023

Kate White, the leader of the Yukon NDP, says she’s not ready to pull the plug on the governing Liberals over the latest report on the Hidden Valley School sexual 
abuse scandal.

White told the Star Tuesday afternoon she definitely has concerns about the report released last week by the Yukon Ombudsman’s office.

However, it’s not enough to affect her commitment to the Confidence and Supply Agreement the NDP is using to keep the Liberals in power.

While there is little new in the report, White said, it did leave her concerned and with questions she intends to press the government on next month when the legislature reconvenes.

“What will be really telling is the next report with recommendations from the Ombudsman,” she said.

“The current report highlights a lot of mistakes made by the Liberals in their handling of the situation,” she continued. “That 
isn’t new.”

White did zero in on the comments the report made on the failure of the government to use a communications plan that had been drawn up prior to the incident at 
the school.

White said she wants to clarify whether that plan or anything similar is now in place to be used in the future in the case of something similar happening.

“I want some reassurances that this won’t happen again,” she said, “and that there’s a plan in place to follow.”

The Ombudsman’s investigation found that the government’s failure to communicate with parents at the school was “unfair, depriving parents of the opportunity to take timely action to help their children.”

The report by Ombudsman Jason Pedlar is fairly scathing.

In the document, he wrote, “The department did not share information about the allegations until it was made public in July 2021 by a CBC News story about a related lawsuit.

“By that time, the matter had proceeded through the court system, resulting in a guilty plea to a criminal charge of sexual interference.”

Cabinet ministers were not made aware of the situation until it was reported in the media, the report notes.

In 2020, former executive assistant William Auclair-Bellemare, 35, had pleaded guilty to sexual interference involving a child at the school and had later served a 
jail sentence.

Comments (5)

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Matthew on Sep 13, 2023 at 9:33 pm

Surprise, surprise.. another example of not protecting the children.. aland the most vulnerable, aren't these 2 parties platforms based on that!? LOL! Why should she anyways, she holds the most power in Government right now.. ending CASA would end that too.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 13, 2023 at 8:02 pm

"Birds of a feather, flock together". The only difference between a communist and a new age liberal is the color of their flag.

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Joe on Sep 13, 2023 at 4:03 pm

How embarrassing! Fighting for pension years while overlooking the blatant abuse of power. NDP should be ashamed

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Joe on Sep 13, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Shame on the Government, Lieberals, Kate White and the NDP Party.

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Tom W on Sep 13, 2023 at 3:07 pm

Lets's be honest - we all know there is no scandal big or small the Liberals can do which would actually make Kate pull the plug on this agreement. She and the NDP are on the same sinking ship as the liberals until the end. There isn't a bigger morally wrong issue than this - and yet she and the NDP continue to stand by the Liberals. Hindsight is going to bite her in the butt - but by than it'll be too late. You chose your bed NDP - now you get to lay in it alongside the liberals. Don't forget to wipe that guilty dirt off your face.

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