[NOTE: Jerry Agar is guest hosting while Ezra Levant is on assignment in Israel.] Campaign 2000 is a national coalition committed to ending child poverty across the country. They say it is time Ottawa got official estimates about how much it costs to raise a child, to guide public policy and help parents with planning.
Even though I have five children, I don’t sit down at the end of the year and cost out everything I spent on them.
The government can’t know what it costs to raise a child because it depends on so many factors.
It costs money, for instance, to drive them back and forth to things in Toronto or Montreal, but in my home town of Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, kids walk everywhere.
And I am now going to say something that will make some people angry:
If you are already stretching to pay your bills, you cannot afford children. Do not have them if you are going to need other people to pay for them. Those other people have their own children to pay for and they already pay enough tax in this country.
Children are not a right. They are a responsibility.
The people who try to wipe out poverty with other people’s money are, and always have been, on the wrong track.
Tonight’s guests: The Rebel’s Candice Malcolm and I talk about International Women’s Day — and my defence of the Prime Minister’s wife.
Then immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann and I talk about the migrants crossing the border into Manitoba.