August 04, 2015

Crony socialism at work: Mulcair’s national childcare scheme and Olivia Chow’s dirty little secret

Mitch WolfeRebel Blogger

The politically undead zombie Olivia Chow is back.

Lock your doors, hide your children!

And above all, hold onto your hard-earned tax dollars because zombie Chow and her fellow federal NDP monsters smell your money, hunger for your tax dollars and are inexorably slouching to your doors to suck all your cash dry.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Olivia Chow, who for over 3 decades, has never had a real job in the private sector.

Who has never owned a small business or had to meet payroll.

Or has never had to pay business taxes, pay outrageous utility costs or deal with government red tape.

Chow, who has only known about sticking her snout in the public trough.

For thirty years the majority of Chow’s employment expenses and personal expenses have been paid by Canadian taxpayers.

Also Chow, unlike the majority of Canadians, enjoys a very generous City of Toronto pension and an over the top generous federal MP pension.

But for the power-hungry Chow, that is clearly not enough.

Chow is back running for the federal NDP in the new Toronto riding of Spadina-Fork York.

Recall that Chow, a career politician without equal, is a former Metro Toronto councilor, former  City Toronto councilor, a former NDP MP, a former failed candidate for  Toronto mayor,  and now former almost instructor at Ryerson University.

Chow is running on one of Mulcair’s major planks, a national child care program which within four years the NDP claim will create about 370,000 affordable daycare spaces at an annual federal cost of about $2 billion.

Ultimately ramping up to $5 billion per year. More realistically, best case scenario is that 50% of the spaces will be created at more than twice the cost.

In Ontario, there are tons of problems with this financially and fiscally irresponsible scheme.

Which cannot be dismissed by Chow’s simplistic and silly sloganeering of “but, it’s for the children.”

The NDP federal scheme requires that debt and deficit-ridden Ontario kick in 40% of the costs, funds the Ontario government does not have. Recall that Ontario is already throwing billions of dollars of borrowed money per year funding full-day kindergarten. 

The current full day kindergarten system is not sustainable, let alone a whole new NDP childcare program.

More importantly, Chow neglects to state that in order to fund the NDP portion, the NDP will levy higher taxes on corporations (leading to potential job losses or additional costs for consumers as corporations pass the increased costs onto consumers.)

Also Mulcair promises to eliminate Harper’s income splitting program, which will increases taxes and costs on many middle class families as well.

But even more importantly, this national affordable daycare program will fail, as did the Liberal national housing program of the ‘80s, because this program will create a huge federal bureaucracy, cost double and triple its estimated costs and will fail to deliver sufficient affordable daycare spaces.

It also follows that limited affordable daycare space will inevitably go those most politically-connected, i.e. NDP-connected families.

One of the key reasons the failed Liberal national affordable housing scheme of the 80s was terminated was that a large number of affordable co-op housing was enjoyed by City of Toronto politically-connected NDP types, not the hard-working Toronto families who really were desperate for such low cost housing. 

Similarly, the majority of the NDP’s affordable daycare spaces will be enjoyed by politically connected NDP families, not necessarily the most deserving Toronto families.

Talk about crony socialism.

And with that my friends, by way of a long-winded discussion, I come back to Olivia Chow, who in the ‘80s, with her husband, Jack Layton, together earning $120,000, jumped the queue ahead of thousands of more deserving Toronto families (who had been waitlisted for years) and scored a below market three-bedroom publicly-subsidized co-op apartment in the infamous Hazelburn Co-op, here in sunny downtown Toronto.

Chow has never apologized and never repented.

And she is back to take your money again to help out NDP-connected families at your expense.

(Photo: Tania Liu, Creative Commons licence)


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commented 2015-08-08 13:35:17 -0400
‘’But before we try to replicate Quebec’s child-care model coast to coast, Ottawa should take a close look at what that model has brought Quebecers. The answer: high costs, little choice, mediocre quality.’’
commented 2015-08-06 00:08:21 -0400
The Liberals, both here in Ontario and the Federal party, have a HUGE history of lying during elections just to get elected. Three times – THREE elections in a row, Chretian promised “free daycare” with no intention of following through (thankfully – but that’s a different matter). I think when politicians do this, they should face charges. To mislead the public in an election is incredibly disrespectful. If a member of the public brought them up on charges, they’d learn respect in a real hurry!! McGuinty was SO BAD he didn’t keep a single promise – not one!! He didn’t care. He’s a lefty. He thinks we’re all imbeciles that need his guidance to get through the day. I’m sick of it!!
commented 2015-08-05 11:47:50 -0400
I don’t want to pay for this program. It will only created jobs for the NDP buddies and more union jobs..
commented 2015-08-05 09:38:18 -0400
Sean, your daycare “solution” for single mothers is laughable. Who in their right mind would hire someone for four days a week? What are the odds of finding five parents with such agreeable employers, let alone fitting a schedule around workplace deadlines, meetings, and other commitments?

I work as a consultant so that I can have more flexible hours—I took last week off to be with my daughter while her daycare was closed—but I would find contracts extremely difficult to come by if I asked for every Friday off, never mind a day in the middle of the week. Even leaving work early so I can pick up my child can be problematic.
commented 2015-08-05 00:20:42 -0400
Oblivia getting geared up to Chow down at the public trough – again.
Hopefully, Trinity-Spadina folks aren’t that stupid and kick her butt to the curb.
commented 2015-08-04 23:38:36 -0400
Did not Jack Layton promise to double the CPP if elected ?
The NDP always could promise anything and Everything. They knew that Nobody in their right mind would every elect them. Now they have a chance.
One would think that they would change their strategy. Not going to happen.
commented 2015-08-04 22:00:43 -0400
It’s always the same story with the socialist NDP…….promise the moon & the stars, then find more ways to raise taxes to pay for it. Mulcaire complains that “income splitting” will only help a few, well who will benefit from these so called affordable child care spaces……nobody except for parents with preschool children. So, Mr. Mulcaire if you want to call that a few, there you go.
commented 2015-08-04 15:35:58 -0400
Public daycare is for the dull and unimaginative. You’re a single parent. You need to work. You need child care and you don’t have it. What to do? Find five other single parents in the same boat. Each parent watches the other parents’ kids for a day. You’ve now got five days available to work without a significant increase in expenditures. This is not rocket science unless you’re an NDP supporter, in which case one can probably make a case for suffering from cognitive deficit.