The B.C. government is trying to pass legislation that weakens the investigative powers of B.C.’s independent children’s watchdog, says a lawyer.

“It is a rather extraordinary circumstance,” Frank Falzon said. “I’ve never seen a situation quite like this. (It) might be a draconian step.”

Children’s representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is suing the government for its plans to amend legislation involving her access to cabinet documents related to a government program involving thousands of children and youth who live with relatives.

The relative-in-the-home program touched off a political firestorm after a child was murdered shortly after being put in the home of a relative who had a criminal record for violence. Turpel-Lafond’s lawsuit names Premier Gordon Campbell and Children’s Minister Mary Polak.

Neither is expected to testify, nor is Turpel-Lafond. Polak called the lawsuit a waste of money.

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