Decision Canada 2006

Monday, December 12, 2005

Child care: The 2 camps

With respect to the child care plan, we have two main camps.

The Liberal/NDP Camp
The Conservative Camp

The Liberal and NDP camp consists of the two parties, both platforms are basically the exact same wording, spaces for a Quebec style system of public day care centers. The Liberal plan is $6.4 billion over 4 years the NDP plan is $8.7 billion over 4 years.

The Conservative camp on the other side offers a $1200 annually "baby bonus." The cost of such bonuses will be aprox $1 billion per year. The purpose of such a bonus is to allow parents to choose which style of daycare they want for their children.

Both plans have their merits, I do like the ability for parents to choose their daycare provider yet I am concerned that some parents will spend the money on other things and not direct the money directly into day care. For most people, it will work, for some, the Liberal/NDP plan works better (for the children at least)

On the other hand, the Liberal/NDP plan of creating solely public spaces prevent the funding going anywhere but day care yet it doesn't allow one to have any choice, it's the government funded program or nothing. In addition, government centers may not be convent or accessible for some parents!

Either plan, it's a glass half full or half empty depending on which side you are on. Neither gets glowing review, you can't have the best of everything.

2 Comments:

  • I think that the goverment should give us all their money and then we can go on a spending spree while the NDP is laughing with glee, the Liberals are crying and the Conservatives are crapping their pants.

    By Blogger blazer, at 7:59 PM  

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    By Blogger blazer, at 7:59 PM  

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