Horgan failing B.C. families on childcare promise

VICTORIA (May 2, 2019) – BC Liberal Childcare Critic Laurie Throness says that a year into their three-year childcare plan, John Horgan and the NDP are already woefully behind on their childcare commitments – leaving B.C. parents and guardians scrambling to find affordable, high-quality care for their kids.

“John Horgan and the NDP touted an ambitious childcare plan, promising thousands of new fast-tracked spaces for B.C. families,” says Throness. “But only one year in and the NDP has revealed it is hopelessly behind on its commitments – so far behind, in fact, that it will be impossible for them to catch up.”

John Horgan committed to creating 24,000 childcare spaces over three years – or 8,000 spaces a year. But last year the NDP boasted just 3,061 net new spaces – well shy of its promise.

To make matters worse, the NDP is favouring non-profit providers for ideological reasons, even though 80 per cent of providers are market based. This discourages market-based providers from creating new spaces.

“John Horgan and the NDP have shown time and time again they have no problem making big promises – but it’s a different story when it comes to actually backing them up,” says Throness. “After blatantly breaking his $10-a-day childcare promise last year – calling it a mere ‘slogan’ – John Horgan is now showing B.C. families his commitment to new spaces was no more than an empty promise as well.”

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