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B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond speaks during a news conference after releasing a joint report with the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner about cyberbullying, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday November 13, 2015. British Columbia's former children and youth representative is threatening legal action against the provincial government, alleging it broke an agreement about her pension benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
VICTORIA — British Columbia's former children and youth representative is threatening legal action against the provincial government, alleging it broke an agreement about her pension benefits.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court, saying she made a verbal agreement with a legislative clerk in 2006 that promised her 1.5 years of pension entitlement for each year of service, but that promise has not been fulfilled.
The court documents allege Turpel-Lafond will seek unspecified damages for mental distress, and a declaration that she is entitled to a bigger pension entitlement.
The notice alleges the pension issue is "motivated by malice and bad faith," and that the B.C. government has a history of "animosity and hostility" toward Turpel-Lafond.
The allegations in the notice have not been proven in court.
A statement from the province's justice ministry says it will review the allegations contained in the notice and prepare a response "in due course."
Turpel-Lafond was appointed B.C.'s first children's watchdog in 2006 and served for a decade before she stepped down last November and was replaced by New Brunswick's former ombudsman, Bernard Richard.
The Canadian Press