I'm calling this Thomas Mulcair's "beer and popcorn" moment.
The NDP leader, being a socialist and all, thinks the government is better at child rearing than parents are.
But for some reason, he's only said so in French (so far).
I'll show you an NDP infographic they want supporters to share on social media. Translated, it says, "Stephen Harper thinks keeping moms at home will help families. Not me."
That refers to the Conservatives' Universal Child Care Benefit, which is a sum they can use to pay for daycare OR put toward the expenses of stay at home parenting. It's each family's decision as to how they'll spend it.
Mulcair, on the other hand, wants to give parents a $15/day payout, but only if they put they children in daycare.
He's based his plan on the existing Quebec daycare system, which the Media Party would have you believe is a panacea.
The reality is, however, that the Quebec program is hugely expensive, the waiting lists are years long, and it really only benefits high-income families.
The program's supporters insist it pays for itself, but I have some StatsCanada numbers that show why this might not be the case.
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