Niagara Centre MP says Conservatives’ child-care plan will leave women on the sidelines

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Published August 17, 2021 at 4:56 pm

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Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey says the new daycare plan being offered by the Conservatives will ultimately leave women on the sidelines.

“Erin O’Toole’s attempt at a child-care plan not only fails to address the need for more daycare space, but offers less opportunity for women to participate in Canada’s economic recovery,” said Badawey.

When the Conservatives released their campaign platform on Monday (August), in it was a plan to remove the Liberals’ $30 billion child-care plan and replace it with tax credits going directly to parents.

And while cash-on-hand is never a bad thing, the problem is, Badawey suggested, the dire need for more child-care spaces, something he says is not dealt with by the Conservatives’ plan.

Part of the reason the Liberals’ child-care policy is so pricey is that it dedicates billions of dollars to agreements with the provinces to expand early learning and child-care capacity and to boost the wages of child-care workers. That, in turn, will simultaneously lower fees and create more spots.

And since the majority of child-care workers and Early Childhood Education students are female, Badawey suggested simply handing cash to parents will leave employable women on the sidelines.

“We have a plan that does both. Niagara families are counting on us, and we are counting on Doug Ford to join us at the table (in the federal child-care policy), as eight out 13 provinces and territories already have.”

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