Within the next 10 days a Private Members’ Bill which would enshrine universal, not-for-profit (government controlled) childcare in Canada at taxpayers’ expense is expected to have 3rd reading and final vote. Cost estimates range from $10 - $15 billion annually.
The bill is expected to pass unless some of the MPs who currently support the bill can be persuaded to change their vote, or "miss" the vote.
Victoria MP Denise Savoie’s (NDP) Bill C-303 provides no support for other caregiving options such as parents who choose to stay home to care for their children, relative care, neighbour care, or private licenced childcare (only grandfathering existing ones).
According to Statistics Canada only 13.1 % of children are in the form of institutional childcare that Ms. Savoie advocates.
The bill disregards both parental rights and what most parents want for their children. It infringes on provincial jurisdiction and shows a profound disrespect for Canadian taxpayers.
Most troubling, C-303 fails to consider fully what is in the best interest of children. The preamble implies that one of the goals of quality "child care" is to ensure that parents can be away from their children earning money! How does increasing the level of parental absence serve the best interests of children?
MPs voted 138 – 112 in favour of this bill, at 2nd Reading on November 21, 2007, with NDP, Liberal and BLOC support. Only the Conservatives oppose the bill.
Parents are the primary caregivers of their children, NOT the government. The family, that is the fundamental unit of society, must be empowered. Government-run daycare is not the answer.
If you are against this bill, as I am, contact your MP right away. Make yourself heard!