IT’S LIKELY one of the centre pieces for the NDP’s election campaign in B.C., and it’s one the taxpayer cannot afford, and should not have to pay for.
It’s the plan for $10-a-day daycare, a plan the NDP confirms will cost at least $1.5 billion a year. There will no doubt be a great deal of applause from many quarters for this kind of initiative, but not from this corner.
How would this be paid for? The same way the party appears to want to pay for everything — tax the rich, or at least those they consider to be rich, with earnings beyond $150,000 a year.
Beyond that, they’d dip into the province’s surplus, which was built largely by property purchase tax revenues, which with a cooling real estate market won’t be sustained.
Of course it’s easy for the NDP in its quest to redistribute the wealth to tax the initiative and hard work of some, while opposing resource projects and other developments that might give people the wherewithal to make ends meet.
We get that it’s difficult to find affordable daycare, but as prehistoric as it may sound, why do families today expect the government, or in essence the taxpayer, to help them raise their kids?
It wasn’t so long ago, parents took responsibility for raising their own kids.
We get it. The cost of living is high, the cost of housing is high, and so too is the cost of child care, but for those who find it unaffordable to raise a family, here’s a novel thought — why not wait to bear children until they’re in a position to afford them.
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