AS ANNOUNCED IN MONDAY’S FEDERAL BUDGET the Liberals will try, once again, to implement universal child care across Canada.
They have been promising it for decades but have never delivered. In 2005, then-Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority government pledged to start a program worth $5 billion over five years. Never happened.
This time, Ottawa is pledging $27.2-billion over five years. The catch is that the provinces, having jurisdiction over child care, must cooperate. If they do, that would make them partners in a 50/50 sharing arrangement.
The difference between then and now is COVID-19. The Liberals, determined not to waste a pandemic, are back into big government and on a spending spree.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.