Decision Canada 2006

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Choice in daycare

Yet another election platform which demonstrates the difference between the left and right. With a $1,200 benefit for every child, parents will have a bit of help in determining how to take care of their child. The Liberal plan is to force parents who want assistance with health care to put their child in a public institution – let the brainwashing of the young start even before they enter school, I guess. This has the support of the NDP, and of the unions. The union support is very easy to understand – daycare for kids = more people working = more union dues = more money for Buzz.

The criticism of the Conservative plan is that $1,200 will not fully subsidize a daycare spot. Again, I fail to see the problem with that. By what right am I forced to fully support your child? If I have a kid at some point later in life, I will expect to pay for his/her care – that’s part of being a parent. The counter to this is, “children are an investment in our future.” I would tend to argue that, while the children of today will be supporting my old age security and health care in retirement, I should not be forced to make a given investment. It is like the government saying, “well, we know that you really want to invest in (for example) RIM, but you can’t; instead you have to buy Canada Savings Bonds to help out the country.”

Beyond parental choice, the Conservative plan actually makes sense. The Liberals have pledged, by my accounting 11 billion over 10 years (2005-2015). They haven’t provided any numbers which show that every child will receive a daycare spot. If the Liberals really want to provide universal daycare – I bet it’ll cost more then a billion and change per year. How much more? I don’t know, neither do the Government’s accountants. Frightening.


  • when you say 'let the brainwashing begin at an early age", what is that supposed to mean?

    By Blogger Whatever, at 7:48 PM  

  • I believe he Greg is attempting to refer to the fact that it is possible for the public sector to introduce values to the children. As you know, children are highly influenced at this age, having a choice of views might not a bad thing at all.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 11:26 PM  

  • I mean that the current public education system instills certain views upon impressionable children. Going to school in Southern Alberta (what one would think would be the most right-wing, redneck place to be taught), the "values" taught were that the CBC is a sacred institution, that natives deserve even more money then we pay them, and that discrimination is good if it is against the majority.

    Granted, that wasn't all teachers, a couple rebelled against the curriculum and taught us evil things like self-reliance, self-worth (frightening for a white male nowadays, thinking he is equal to everybody else; by that I am referring to Public Works' latest screw-up wherein a memo went public that prevented managers from hiring white males), compassion (not the liberal version of shovelling money, but the conservative version of helping people to help themselves), and even a bit of accountability.

    By Blogger Greg P, at 5:35 AM  

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