Although I am a regular member of the Standing Committee on Finance, I am happy to be here with you.
I thank the witnesses for joining us.
I will begin quickly to cover as many topics as possible, starting with daycares.
I went over the committee's report that was published last year as part of pre-budget consultations. Recommendation 26 was to fund the development and administration of an early learning and child care plan. It is clear that the issue has not made any progress over the past year. The report consisted of 92 recommendations. I don't want to be a pessimist, but at first glance, the government has followed up on very few of them.
Ms. Ballantyne, in the report the committee will submit in advance of the 2019 budget, should we call for an affordable and accessible universal plan? Do you think we should take things further, as the government has not done anything since last year?