Another from the inbox, this, regarding the recent federal budget.
For immediate release (la version francaise suivra separement) March 19, 2007 Budget message on child care: let parents eat cake OTTAWA--The federal budget is a slap in the face to the millions of Canadian families desperately seeking child care, says Code Blue for Child Care. “The Harper government is cutting $1.2 billion in federal funding for child care and instead is handing over only $250 million to the provinces and territories to create spaces,” says Morna Ballantyne, Code Blue Coordinator. “The Conservatives have taken away any hope and opportunity for creating the system of early learning and child care that Canadians say they want.” Contrary to pre-budget speculation, the Conservative government has not abandoned its plan to give tax breaks to businesses for child care. “Instead, they have abandoned parents,” says Ballantyne. “It is a smoke and mirrors tactic though because they know there will be almost no uptake from businesses and the plan will cost them nothing and give us nothing.” Canadians have said time and time again they want the federal government to deliver equitable and quality services but Budget 2007 is almost entirely transfers to individuals and businesses in the form of tax credits, and to provinces and territories in the form of arrangements with no strings attached. “It’s a bad budget,” says Ballantyne. “It should not be supported.” Code Blue’s more detailed analysis of the budget is at www.buildchildcare.ca/www/News/Federal_Budget_2007_ —30— Code Blue is a Canada-wide campaign to build a real pan-Canadian child care system. The campaign brings together parents, national, provincial and territorial child care organizations, labour, women's and social justice groups along with Canadians from all walks of life. For more information: Morna Ballantyne, Code Blue Coordinator 613-791-3411