The lack of an affordable public child care program is the focus of NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly this week. Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says half a century of royal commissions, task forces, and government white papers have recognized that closing the gender wage gap requires universal affordable child care.
For International Women’s Day, the NDP Critic for Justice and Public Safety and the Status of Women, Gerry Rogers, brought questions about pay equity, violence prevention, and affordable child care to the House of Assembly.
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says today’s government announcement about child care demonstrates nothing more than that government still has no appreciation for the needs of families in Newfoundland and Labrador.
October 8 marks the Child Care Association of Canada’s National Day of Action for Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers. The NL NDP recognizes the important work of ECE workers, and supports policies that will make for more effective, accessible child care.
NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says there are numerous examples, some of which make regular headlines, of private businesses failing at their jobs of providing vital services for the people of the province.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the changes the provincial government is making to the provincial Child Care Act may be necessary, but government is still not addressing the major problem for many families in the province – the amount of money child care costs.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says if government really wants to encourage population growth, it should be looking at ways of helping young families – and that starts with affordable, accessible child care.
The NDP Critic for Child, Youth and Family Services says the announced closure of a Clarenville child care centre is just the latest example of the urgent need for a co-ordinated approach to child care in the province. Gerry Rogers (MHA, St.