Budget ’07: Let parents eat cake

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_

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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
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