Media Advisory - Big box buying spree adds urgency to national child care debate

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - With the Campbell Liberals refusing to stop
the spread of big box child care across British Columbia, parents and child
care activists are looking for action.
    Australian multinational child care corporation ABC Learning is seeking
to expand into Canada by purchasing child care centres, starting in British
Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.
    CUPE president Paul Moist and NDP child care critic Olivia Chow, along
with other child care advocates, will hold a news conference calling on the
federal and provincial governments to stop moving down this dangerous path and
support a national not-for-profit child care program.
    Bill C-303, the Federal NDP's Early Learning and Child Care Act, would
provide significant protection against this foreign takeover by ensuring that
federal child care investments support only high quality, affordable,
not-for-profit child care in Canada. The bill goes to third reading on
November 20th.

         Paul Moist, national president, Canadian Union of Public Employees
         Olivia Chow, MP (Trinity-Spadina) NDP child care critic
         Crystal Janes, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

         Britannia Child Care Centre
         1661 Napier Street, Vancouver (Enter off Williams Street)

         Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m.

For further information:

For further information: Clay Suddaby, Event Communications, (604)
313-1138; Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613) 558-2873; Nathan Rotman,
Office of Olivia Chow, (613) 863-4002

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