Childcare

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

When the Minister of Education announced increases to the child care subsidy last week, says NDP Education and Early Childhood Development Critic Lorraine Michael, he neglected to mention that the increase, the first in a decade, does nothing to help most working families in the province.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today is International Women’s Day. NDP Caucus members seized the opportunity to ask government for commitments on several key issues. NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers led off questioning with a return to an issue she has championed for years.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants this province to do as Ontario as done, and commit to supporting a $15 a day childcare program if it were to be proposed by the federal government.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) said government has to wake up to the fact that universal child care and full-day kindergarten will be a necessary component of a successful Provincial Population Growth Strategy.

Government had announced a series of public community workshop consultations on developing this strategy earlier in the week.

 

Members of the NDP Caucus say it is about time that the premier talks about social justice and the need to support women. They are taking the premier’s comments seriously, and plan to hold government accountable for her public commitment to social justice.

 

NDP Advanced Education and Skills Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) has some advice for a long-time public servant who is embarking on a new career: encourage government to take a long, hard look at child care.

 

NDP Education and Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on the provincial government to reconsider its position against introducing a universal child care program.

 
Lorraine Michael

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 

Today in the House of Assembly NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) asked the government when it plans to provide universal early childhood education programs and all-day kindergarten.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is hopeful today’s Throne Speech indicates the Dunderdale Conservatives finally plan to pay attention to some issues she has been highlighting for years. At the same time, however, she says there remain some gaping holes in government policy.

 

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