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Christine Labrie will finally visit the Val-du-Lac Youth Center

Photo: Jacques Boissinot Archives The Canadian Press MP Christine Labrie tabled a bill last month aimed at facilitating access for elected officials to public establishments.

Thomas Laberge – The Canadian Press in Quebec

Posted at 9:28 a.m.

  • Quebec

After being refused access a few weeks ago, the solidarity MP for Sherbrooke, Christine Labrie, will finally visit the Rehabilitation Center for young people with adjustment difficulties Val-du-Lac, on May 6, in company of the Minister of Social Services, Lionel Carmant.

The information was confirmed to The Canadian Press by the minister's office.

Christine Labrie and Lionel Carmant will be accompanied by two elected CAQ members from the Estrie region, Geneviève Hébert (Saint-François) and André Bachand (Richmond).

The elected officials will also meet the managers as well as the center's stakeholders.

The national director of youth protection, Catherine Lemay, as well as the CIUSSS-Estrie teams will also be present.

So that the identity of the young people at the center is protected, they will not be present during the visit.

On March 19, a mutiny broke out at the Val-Du-Lac Youth Center and four teenagers were arrested. A few days later, Ms. Labrie was refused a request to visit the center by the CIUSSS-Estrie.

The objective of the May visit is to see if the measures requested by Minister Carmant have been put in place and if there have been positive changes since.< /p>

Last month, Ms. Labrie also tabled a bill aimed at facilitating the access of elected officials to public establishments, arguing that she had never managed to visit the Youth Center of the 'Estrie.

Questioned on the subject, Lionel Carmant said that an MP had the right to visit public establishments in his constituency, but that the issues of security and confidentiality surrounding young people should not be avoided.

“We agree that MPs should be able to see the resources of their constituency, especially those that are of a social nature. We recognize the role of deputies in controlling government action, but not at the cost of confidentiality and the protection of our young people,” said Minister Carmant's press secretary, Lambert Drainville, at The Canadian Press, Thursday.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116