Policy alert

Michael Ignatieff promises funding for child care and early learning.

The Liberal leader announced a plan to give the provinces $500 million a year for early childhood learning, ramping up to $1 billion a year by its fourth year … He says there wouldn’t be any delay in starting the money because the party worked with the provinces to develop it.

“These programs very consciously and deliberately have been constructed with pre-consultation with provincial authorities and provincial experts because the key thing here is to act. To get it done for Canadian families,” Ignatieff said. We’ll have a flexible fund and we can get this thing moving. We don’t need to have another three or four years of argument and negotiation.” Provincial governments could apply to the fund to pay for extra spaces in daycare and early childhood learning programs or train daycare workers.

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