The mainstream parties favour different forms of funding to childcare spaces. As Greens we support universal child care, reducing stress on families, supporting parents’ choices. We have a plan for universal support. We will make sure there are child care spaces for every family.
Issues are interconnected. We support public transit that works for families with children, so it also makes sense to have child care available near the workplace. This has the added benefit of far higher labour productivity as well as increasing precious time for parents and children. We also favour school nutrition – with food provided in the schools so kids can learn.
Harper Conservatives have provided boutique tax cuts for families in higher income brackets while allowing our schools to so lack funding that ball courts and tracks are locked outside school hours. Kids need access to play grounds. Greens want to give resources to keep these public spaces open for everyone after school and on weekends.