QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP Child Care critic Bhutila Karpoche said the Ford government must follow the Government of British Columbia's example and make an agreement with Ottawa to create $10-per-day-child care in Ontario.
"Families in Ontario pay astronomical child care fees — so high we hear from people delaying having a baby they desperately want because of the cost of child care," said Karpoche. “The pandemic has caused even more strain.
"For decades, governments in Ontario have refused to make child care affordable. The Ontario Liberals created sky-high child care costs, and Doug Ford refuses to help.
The Ford government must take a page from B.C. and prioritize a deal with the federal government to achieve affordable day care. That agreement must provide support for child care workers, including through the development of a wage grid and capital funding to build the new child care spaces Ontarians desperately need."
Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP have committed to working with the federal government to give Ontarians $10-per-day high-quality, non-profit and public child-care.
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition Leader Marit Stiles joined MPPs Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York), Jennifer French (Oshawa), and Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) to raise concerns about the rushed and secretive deal that the Ford government handed over to Therme for Ontario Place.
QUEEN’S PARK – Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), Official Opposition NDP Critic for Transit, called for accountability from new Transportation Minister Sarkaria, beginning with firing Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster after today’s announcement that the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues to be plagued with problems and is still without an opening date.
QUEEN'S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Health critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) are pointing out that even with the Ford Conservatives’ announcement of “increased” provincial funding for public health today, the government is still investing less in public health than before the pandemic. The delayed action comes after municipalities faced overwhelming backlogs during the pandemic, prompting an outcry from Public Health Units(PHUs).