National Post, July 2015
A new poll shows Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are by far the most popular choice for Canadian voters — just weeks before an expected election call and just as federal childcare cheques are being doled out.
The exclusive Mainstreet Research poll for Postmedia suggests Harper and the Tories received a sharp boost in popularity as a result of the enhanced universal childcare benefit.
ASK YOUR CANDIDATES....
What will you do to make high quality child care affordable and accessible for families in Canada?
How his/her party will work with the provincial/ territorial governments to end wait times (of often two years or longer) for affordable, high quality child care services?
Do you believe in creating a national child care system across Canada with accountable public investments to the provinces and territories?
What measures will you take to ensure that First Nations and Aboriginal children have equitable access to affordable and high quality child care services?
Macleans.ca August 2, 2015
Of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policy boasts, none riles his opponents quite like his claim to have shifted child care money from bureaucrats and academics “to the real experts. Their names are mom and dad.” NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair counters with a promise to partly fund hundreds of thousands of new daycare spaces across Canada. Many Liberals fondly recall the national child care strategy that the Paul Martin government cobbled together in deals with the provinces in 2005—only to have Harper scrap it after he won power the next year—but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hasn’t yet floated an early child care policy.