NEW DEMOCRATS LAUNCH AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE PLAN
October 14th, 2014 - 12:10pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA — Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and his caucus members across the country announced their plan to create or maintain one million affordable childcare spaces across Canada. The goal is to ensure parents don’t pay more than $15-a-day for a childcare space.
Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan and Edmonton-Griesbach candidate Janis Irwin announced the NDP plan in Edmonton today at the Riverdale Community Childcare Centre.
“Moms and Dads across Canada work hard and sacrifice every day to ensure their kids get the start they need,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair in Ottawa. “But in the last nine years under Stephen Harper, parents have seen their childcare costs go through the roof. It’s time parents got a break.”
“Here in Edmonton, childcare costs can amount to a second mortgage,” said Duncan. “Our plan would not only save Albertans hundreds of dollars each month it will ensure more parents can access affordable childcare and return to work or school."
There are currently 900,000 children nationally in need of care with no access to quality affordable childcare spaces. In many parts of the country, parents face childcare monthly bills in the thousands of dollars. The NDP Plan for Affordable Childcare envisages working with the provinces to create more spaces and reduce costs to no more than $15-a-day.
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