VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An NDP pledge to spend $10 billion over four years is the biggest commitment yet to affordable child care, according to the party leader.
Child care was a top priority for Jagmeet Singh when he made the announcement Monday during a campaign stop at Vancouver’s Hastings Park Childcare Centre.
Singh says he wants to bring costs down to $10 per day by 2030 because the Liberals have yet to fully deliver on a 26-year-old promise to make childcare affordable.
“Kids that were born when this promise was first made, they’re now grown up and need childcare for their kids. That’s how long this promise has been going on,” he says.
.@theJagmeetSingh chooses daycare in #Vancouver to announce –if elected– his party to spend $10B over 4 years to make child care affordable across #Canada. The federal #NDP leader says it’s been 26 years since #Liberals first promised support. #cdnpoli https://t.co/fHY4IjKpSY
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) September 30, 2019
His plan would create 500,000 new affordable child care spaces across the Canada if his party forms the next government.
“One in four kids under six have child care. That means three out of four kids do not. This is really difficult for so many families and so many kids,” he says.
The Liberals’ new plan includes spending at least $535 million a year on child care.
The Conservatives want to bring back two tax credits axed by the Trudeau government saving parents up to $225 dollars a year. While the Green Party’s universal child care promise amounts to an extra billion per year.