Speaking Out for Quality Childcare

Question Period, Monday March 7th, 2011:

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe, NDP) Mr. Speaker, by refusing to even consider a national child care policy, the Conservatives are not only insulting families, they are damaging the economy too.

According to the YWCA, the lack of accessible, affordable child care is keeping women out of the workforce. Tomorrow is International Women's Day.

New Democrats have an affordable, pragmatic plan for national child care. Does the minister have the courage to admit her family policies are a failure? Will her party get behind the NDP plan?

Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, few governments have ever done as much as we have to support families. We believe in them.

We believe that parents are in the best position to decide how to raise their children. It is they who should decide what form of child care they get, whether it is institutional care, or it is mom or dad staying home or granny around the corner...