The Public Curator, founded in 1945, is an essential organism in Quebec yet it remains an obscure entity shrouded in secrecy; not many people know about it and those who do often have an imperfect grasp of it. Some useful information can be obtained on the website of the Public Curator but many of its clients find the information is tendentious and incomplete. The Public Curator does not respond adequately to their needs and tends to be defensive, more interested in protecting its own interests and image. What information it does provide is from its own perspective, acting or speaking first and foremost for itself, not necessarily for its users. Intentionally or not, it will overlook certain aspects or not attach to them the same importance or weight.
In 1995 a handful of concerned clients who realized the systemic limitations of the Public Curator were not being addressed decided to give themselves their own voice and create their own instrument to help others deal with the problems and to improve the Public Curator.
Historically, good governance principles such as transparency and accountability have not been the hallmark of the Public Curator. Unaffected personally by their decisions, its staff has no motivation to admit failings or change methods and unflattering information may simply be hidden under the cloak of confidentiality. With little effective external oversight, users have no place to turn for redress and are left helpless and frustrated.
Why this Association
The Association for the Defense of People and Property under Public Curatorship (ADPPPC) was created to complete and balance the picture by relating the clients’ side of the story so that people who want to know about the Public Curator or who happen to get involved with it would have a better understanding of how to deal with it.
Our mission is not to duplicate the services of the Public Curator or to provide an alternative but to balance the information for those who want to know about it. We seek to equilibrate the power relationship by helping and equipping people.
Some people, understandably, prefer advice and help from a source independent of the Public Curator. By offering a complementary point of view, the Association informs and, with full information, empowers people by helping them to prepare for and deal with legal incapacity and the Public Curator.
Who Should Join
You, or someone close to you, may be under a regime of protection or in the process of being placed under protective supervision.
You may be incapable or vulnerable but not under a regime of protection and want information or guidance.
Relatives, healthcare professionals or the Public Curator think you (or someone you know) are incapable and want to place you under a regime of protection and you disagree.
You are doing estate planning for incapacity and contemplating making a mandate, or you will be undergoing serious or risky medical treatment.