Apr 29, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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As conservative premiers across the country tout the merits of $10-dollar-a-day daycare, Liberal Families Minister Karina Gould says they should press the federal Conservative Leader about his plans for the deals.

Gould says provincial Conservative premiers who like the government’s national childcare plan should prod their federal leader, Pierre Poilievre, on whether he plans to honour the agreements.

He’s previously said that he wants to see the results of the program and believes in providing support for parents, regardless of their choice.

Gould noted that without the federal government, there would be no national childcare to promote.

Between July 2021 and March 2022, the federal government signed deals with every province and territory that would see child-care fees cut in half within the year and to an average of $10 a day within five years. The 2021 budget earmarked $30 billion over five years for the plan.

Poilievre has not committed to honour the agreements.

Several premiers have used or are using the deals in their re-election bids, including United Conservative Party Leader Danielle Smith in Alberta, a province expected to enter a campaign any day now.

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