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Time for the NDP to cut the fanfare and fulfill child care promises

Time for the NDP to cut the fanfare and fulfill child care promises

VICTORIA (June 9, 2021) – The BC Liberals say John Horgan has failed to keep the promises he made in the 2017 and 2020 elections to implement a universal $10-a-day child care plan. In fact, his two-term government has barely opened 6,000 new spaces — a quarter of what the NDP promised four years ago.

“John Horgan and the NDP need to stop making announcements with great fanfare but no substance, and deliver on its twice-made promise to meet the needs of families,” said Karin Kirkpatrick, BC Liberal Critic for Children, Family Development and Childcare. “The NDP’s proposed child care legislation only offers an annual report and the ability to create more regulation — it does nothing to fulfill the Premier’s promise. With no money in the budget and no timeline for making it happen, four years of NDP bumbling has left parents desperate.”

A March 2021 report from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, Sounding the Alarm, showed that Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and Surrey have the highest child care fees in the country with toddler fees reaching more than $1,000 a month, and rates keep going up.

“Having access to affordable and quality child care is fundamental to families, but John Horgan and the NDP have repeatedly broken their promise to implement a universal $10-a-day child care plan and left parents paying thousands of dollars in fees. I urge this government to stop the talk and deliver on its promise. An annual report just doesn’t bring down waitlists,” concluded Kirkpatrick.

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