posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 07:52 PM
Scott Reid is an idiot. In typically grandiose Big Brother style, the liberals obviously believe they know best how parents should spend our own
money, and so they will designate the approved child care of THEIR choosing and not ours. The liberal plan has a dirty little secret. First it is not
a National daycare programm at all- its just the liberals shipping tax money to the provinces, who may use it to create more daycare spaces, or may
not. Some for example plan to use it to increase the childcare workers salaries. Second the plan totally ignores the majority of Canadian families
with young children in favour of the one-in-four who favour institutional daycare. The conservatives propose to keep what we have, including all
existing funding for child-care centres- the first year of Ottawa's $5-billion plan too- but give new future money to parents directly for the child
care of their choice. This is where some people are confused, the conservatives would not claw back money from childcare centres that are already
there. Those centres would continue to get the same level of funding they now receive, on top of whatever the provinces put in on their own. Some are
saying the $1200.00 annual payment isn't enough for daycare, it's not supposed to be. Nor is it to replace what currently exists.
It is a re-direction of some childcare resources to parents.
I remember when my daughter was little , $100.00 a month would have helped me alot, whether I used the money to pay for a sitter (single mom)
or used it to buy groceries or to take my kid to the movies. Either way the money is going in my pocket and I tend to think the majority of Canadians
with pre-school children will use the money wisely and accordingly. Oh, and for those esteemed liberal MP's who feel that pre-school children not in
institutionalized daycare won't fair that well academically, think again. My daughter was never in daycare, and has never suffered any drawbacks ,
she is 17 and has a 92 average. well mannered and a good kid.
on a sidenote; who says we all like beer and popcorn, I'm rather partial to a fine bottle of cabernet and some fritos