That Harper sure has a way with kids.
Harper willing to go to the polls over child-care allowance
Harper said that he could work with the NDP and Bloc Québécois. He suggested those parties are not ideologically opposed to his plan, but instead criticize the amount of the allowance.
What BS. They are opposed to his plan which only creates a baby bonus and ends federal funding to the provinces and does not create a national public daycare program. The NDP plan is just that plus a $1200 tax credit, not cash which will be taxed. Chow calls Conservatives’ childcare bluff
The BQ only care about getting money for Quebecs existing program, the so called fiscal imbalance. So the Tories will count on them to back up this baby-bonus, in exchange for an asymetrical fiscal deal with Charest.
Not only does the kid put the squeeze on Harper but in the very community centre where he is speaking the folks also think his plan is bunk. PM Keeps Plan for Child Care
Prime Minister Stephen Harper challenged his opponents yesterday to take his minority government down over the Conservatives' cherished child-care plan, saying they'll have the chance to do it soon.
Harper's announcement received lukewarm response from some parents in the community centre.
"I think it's just a payoff. Of course I'm going to take the money but I don't think it's solving any problems," said Lydia Pranaitis, who has two children under two.
When she goes back to work from maternity leave, Pranaitis said it will cost her $1,900 per month for child care.
"I think this whole system is breeding poverty," she said.
"If I were a single mother, what could you do?"
Benn Uba agreed it's better to have the money than nothing.
But the father of two children said he would rather see more child-care facilities with subsidies for parents.
"It's tight, it's hard," Uba said of trying to pay the family's bills and pay for child care.
"People don't want to have children anymore."
Besides the cash for parents, the Conservatives also pledged in their first throne speech to create 125,000 new spaces by offering $250 million in tax credits for businesses and non-profit groups that create new spaces.
Critics have said similar efforts by provincial governments have failed to motivate corporations in the past.
Taking Care of Canada's Children
By Nicole Hacock, Director of YWCA Cambridge
The fatal flaw in the Conservative plan is that it ignores Canadians’ desire for quality early learning and care programs. Although the government says it will offer tax incentives to businesses so they can create child care spaces, when the Mike Harris government in Ontario tried this in the 1990s, guess how many spaces the private sector created? None.
The Conservative plan confuses families’ legitimate desire for income support with the need for an accessible, high quality child care. We believe that Canada can deliver both. Families need both, if they are to help their children get the best start in life and balance the overwhelming demands of work and family life.
Since February 24, more than 22,000 Canadians have signed an on-line open letter that urges politicians to work together to honour the child care agreements created last year. At www.buildchildcare.ca, people from all walks of life are saying the same thing: $1,200 a year is not enough. Canada can, and must, do better.
Hayley Wickenheiser, a gold medal mother (and hockey star at the Turin Olympics) signed the child care open letter this week.
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