I’ve typed the words “child care” and “daycare” in probably 300 blog entries bashing the ridiculous socialists’ plans to create a socialist child care (“and early learning” —wink!) social program, but today a blogger named Sara is rallying the troops against the ridiculous (and insulting to most parents) plan.  The Conservatives plan to dismantle the left’s mess, thank God, and have a better plan of their own. 

Because I’ve been sick and I’m now extremely backlogged and can’t take the time to write anything original just now, I’ll just list some of the many blog entries I’ve made about it, and paste an entry I made on February 14 of last year, hoping it helps support her effort.


Originally written February 14 2005

On the stupid socialist national universal state-run government day care tripe that the Liberals are hanging over our heads—the one they plan to model after Canada’s health care system (oh yay!)—both the National Post and the Vancouver Sun today say much the same thing.  Forget about it.  Instead, give tax incentives to parents.  And then let them do what they please with their money:  raise their kids at home (best choice), or place them in a for-profit or non-profit daycare.  I would probably choose a for-profit daycare company if for some weird reason I couldn’t raise my own kids. 

National Post:

Among the many canards perpetrated in the course of the current national daycare debate, one of the most persistent is that there is something illegitimate about for-profit child care. Such a notion was front and centre on CBC Radio again last week…

[gee who’d have thunk the socialist, anti-profit state-run CBC would advocate against using for-profit daycare?—ed]

[…] It continues to be our position that Canada does not need a national daycare plan. Canadian families certainly deserve greater support and attention from government. But this would be best achieved through a tax deduction provided directly to parents, who could use it to fund whatever form of child care—stay-at-home, in-home, neighbourhood or formal daycare—they prefer.

But if our objections do not prevail, we would at the very least like to see a system that does not discriminate among daycare providers on the basis of ownership structure. Federal Social Development Minister Ken Dryden suggested prior to last Friday’s meetings on his $5-billion daycare proposal that he will not deliberately exclude the commercial sector from his plans. It will be up to the provinces to ensure that he doesn’t.

And in the Vancouver Sun

We’re more concerned that the funds available for child care be used in a way that truly makes safe and stimulating care more accessible and affordable, rather than creating a new bureaucracy or restricting parents’ choices.

The most obvious way to do that is to put the funding directly into the hands of parents through an income- based voucher system. They will then be in a better position to shop for the care their children need. With more money in the marketplace, both public and private child-care providers will be able to offer a more enriched environment for children to play and learn.

And Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper says this:

…stay-at-home parents should be treated equally under the tax system and in a radio interview on Friday, he criticized the federal government’s approach.

“I believe . . . the solution that we need to this problem is not a high spending solution, it’s a low-tax solution,” he told CHML in Hamilton.

“I believe it involves giving money directly to parents to make child care choices and not creating expensive bureaucracies that are subjected to inter-government wrangling.”

Helen Ward, president of the Kids First Parent Association of Canada, said:

the child-care policy being discussed is “biased toward government-registered day care, and the vast majority of children in Canada don’t use that form of care.”

“We’d like to see equity in funding for all forms of child care so that money goes to families and parents are empowered to make the choices that are best for their children,” she added.

A recent Vanier Institute of the Family conducted by Alberta sociologist Reg Bibby …

…indicated that nine in 10 Canadians feel that in two-parent situations, ideally, one parent should stay home to raise their children.

Almost all employed mothers, whether married, divorced, separated, or cohabiting, said they would work part-time if they could afford it, as would 84 per cent of the fathers, according to Mr. Bibby’s study.

Parents said their last choice for child care would be day-care centres. Their first choice would be a stay-at-home partner, followed by care by the children’s grandparents, then care by another relative. Home-based child care would be their fourth choice.

Then of course there’s the socialists like Sharon Gregson, spokeswoman for the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, uttered this BUNK

…people across the country are expecting a lot from Dryden as she made the argument for a not-for-profit system.

“We don’t want the big-box chains moving up from the States,” she said of corporate day cares.

[“Why wouldn’t we?”, asks Joel Johannesen, sensible Canadian… “What’s wrong with corporations?  And Americans?  Are you an anti-American and a communist?  You think it’s better to plug your kids into a state-run government institution Soviet Union-style?  I don’t!—ed]

“We know and the research clearly shows that there’s a much better chance of having quality in the not-for-profit system and that’s where I believe Canadians want their tax dollar spent.”

[That’s what you call pure LIBERAL-LEFT BUNK.  NO RESEARCH “clearly shows” that, as the National Post editorial above demonstrates if you read the whole thing.—ed]

And I found this snippet to be revealing of the typical liberal-left Fabian socialist ideology:

Dryden, responding to concerns by the B.C. government that a future federal government will turn off the taps, said public opinion will determine the future of child care.

He said the best way to ensure that thousands of new day-care spaces won’t shut down across Canada after five years is to build a national program so big and popular that no federal government—Liberal or otherwise—would dare abandon it.

The liberal-left is only too well aware that their socialist programs are virtually impossible to turn off once you’ve turned them on.  People get used to being looked after by the nanny-state and then suddenly find they can’t live without it.  Or to use Dryden’s word, they become “so popular”.

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