POLITICS

Alberta NDP leader says boy who drowned in pool was in government care

08/02/2012 11:29 EDT | Updated 10/02/2012 05:12 EDT
EDMONTON - Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason says a seven-year-old boy who drowned at a city-owned pool this week was in government care.

Mason is calling on the Child and Youth Advocate to conduct an investigation into the death.

Mason says there have been 15 deaths of children in government care in the last four years.

He says there needs to be "an investigation that produces a report that the public can see, not one that’s hidden by the Conservatives.”

The boy was spotted lying face down in the pool.

Lifeguards pulled him out and tried to resuscitate him but failed.

City officials say they are launching an investigation into the death to see if there are any steps they can take to improve safety at their facilities.

Spokesman Rob Smyth says it appears that the proper number of lifeguards were in place and that other steps to ensure the safety of pool users were followed.