Wildrose calls for emergency debate on ‘secrecy’ surrounding death of child in care

Wildrose opposition leader Brian Jean called for an emergency debate and answers from Premier Rachel Notley Monday, criticizing what he called a “system that operates in secrecy” after a newspaper report found the Alberta government withheld key details about the death of a child in kinship care.

“This goes beyond partisanship,” Jean said. “We need to make sure we get to the bottom of it so something like this cannot happen.”

The NDP said it supported the motion for an emergency debate and the speaker of the house acknowledged there was unanimous consent to proceed.

The Edmonton Journal obtained autopsy reports on the 2014 death of a four-year-old girl named Serenity. The medical records showed signs of physical and sexual abuse and that she suffered a massive brain injury while in the care of her relatives.

Kinship care involves children being taken from parents and placed in the home of other family members.

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