Media advisory - Pending Child Care Act could stop foreign takeover of child care

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Bill C303, the Early Learning and Child
Care Act, takes on a new urgency as it returns to the House of Commons for a
decisive vote on November 20. It may be the only mechanism the federal
government has in its arsenal to prevent the takeover of Canadian child care
by a foreign conglomerate now patrolling the country buying up child care
    Bill C 303 has the unanimous support of the three opposition parties but
the ruling Conservatives have already signalled they won't provide Royal
Recommendation. Opposition to the Brisbane-based ABC Learning Centres is based
on its operating record of damaging competition, compromised quality,
spiraling parent fees and public funding siphoned off into corporate profits.
    The advocacy group, Code Blue for Child Care, is holding a media
conference with the children's critics from the opposition parties to warn of
the dangers of a foreign takeover of child care and to call on the Harper
government to take decisive action.

    When:     Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 10:30 a.m

    Where:    Charles Lynch Press Room, (130-S, Centre Block, /Pièce 130-S,
              Edifice Du Centre)

    Who:      Shellie Bird, Spokesperson, Code Blue for Child Care

    Vivian Barbot MP, Bloc Québécois
    Olivia Chow MP, New Democratic Party
    Ruby Dhalla MP, Liberal Party of Canada

For further information:

For further information: Morna Ballantyne, (613) 791-3411; Sue Colley,
(416) 538-1950, cell: (647) 224-4006;

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