Budget message on child care: let parents eat cake

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal budget is a slap in the face
to the millions of Canadian families desperately seeking child care, says Code
Blue for Child Care.
    "The Harper government is cutting $1.2 billion in federal funding for
child care and instead is handing over only $250 million to the provinces and
territories to create spaces," says Morna Ballantyne, Code Blue Coordinator.
"The Conservatives have taken away any hope and opportunity for creating the
system of early learning and child care that Canadians say they want."
    Contrary to pre-budget speculation, the Conservative government has not
abandoned its plan to give tax breaks to businesses for child care. "Instead,
they have abandoned parents," says Ballantyne. "It is a smoke and mirrors
tactic though because they know there will be almost no uptake from businesses
and the plan will cost them nothing and give us nothing."
    Canadians have said time and time again they want the federal government
to deliver equitable and quality services but Budget 2007 is almost entirely
transfers to individuals and businesses in the form of tax credits, and to
provinces and territories in the form of arrangements with no strings
    "It's a bad budget," says Ballantyne. "It should not be supported."

    Code Blue is a Canada-wide campaign to build a real pan-Canadian child
care system. The campaign brings together parents, national, provincial and
territorial child care organizations, labour, women's and social justice
groups along with Canadians from all walks of life.

For further information:

For further information: Morna Ballantyne, Code Blue Coordinator, (613)

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