B.C.’s children’s watchdog says the provincial government is dragging its heels on beefing up child protection measures as recommended in a report dating back four years, but the government insists major progress is being made.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says the children’s ministry has implemented less than half the 62 recommendations in a report by former judge Ted Hughes, to strengthen B.C’.s child protection system.

But Children’s Minister Mary Polak insists that 80 per cent of Hughes’ recommendations have been implemented or are being addressed.