North Island-Powell River MP joins fellow members in calling for universal child care

Lack of resources affects women in particular, says Rachel Blaney

As businesses and the economy continue to reopen, New Democrats are calling on the government to invest in building a universal child care and early learning system that delivers the help families need to go back to work.

“We know that a lack of suitable, affordable child care affects women in particular,” stated North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney in the media release. “They represent half the work force and more in some of the hardest hit sectors. The government needs to invest in child care so that moms are able to rejoin the workforce and help our economy recover.”

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The party is calling on the government to begin working with the provinces, territories and Indigenous governments to establish national, affordable universal childcare, according to an NDP media release.

“Child care is essential to restarting the economy,” stated Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. “Parents are under even more pressure than usual because many child-care providers have reduced their capacity due to physical distancing measures and schools may remain closed in the coming months. The government has to help families by ensuring child care is available and affordable to everyone in Canada.”

New Democrats are urging the Liberals to invest to stabilize the child-care sector across the country, to help providers following health directives, and to create new affordable licensed child-care spaces across the country, the release stated.

“Canadians have been through a lot in the last few weeks. As people begin to go back to work, we have to make sure they’re getting the support they need,” stated Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns. “Liberals have been promising child care since 199, that’s 26 years. Enough is enough. It’s time for the Liberals to stop making empty promises and actually make meaningful investments in child care.”

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