To fulfill an election promise of $25 daycare, the NDP are implementing a $10M pilot program that commits up to $500,000 to each centre with a possible two year extension, in addition to a new lunch program that will rack up another $3.5 million per year.
But Alberta already has a daycare program:
Families making under $50,000 per year get a full subsidy, while those with an annual income of under $70,000 receive a partial subsidy which in some cases amounts to less than $25 per day.
As for the lunch program, there’s already a solution in place organized by grassroots community initiatives that the government doesn’t have a hand in.
There’s “Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids”, who work in partnership with Calgary schools to provide lunches for 3,200 kids every day and they, along with their network of 1,200 partners, do it for $1 per child.
Watch my video as I explain why the NDP are implementing these programs for brownie points.
They even admit that they’re only running pilot projects because Alberta can’t afford to implement the program under current economic conditions.
That’s $13.5 million for a small subset of Albertans so just imagine the colossal waste of tax dollars they'd have to spend in a province-wide initiative, for something that’s already funded.