Mr. Speaker, the Liberals continue to demonstrate their distrust in the ability of parents to take care of their own children.
The member for Beaches—East York has said that parents are only capable of providing child minding, not child care.
Just last week the Liberal MP for Scarborough—Guildwood called the universal child care benefit “a cheesy program”. What an insult to the over 1.4 million families that benefit from this program.
Our plan helps parents pay for the type of care that is best for their families, and it has lifted approximately 55,000 children out of low income status.
The previous Liberal government promised a so-called national child care program in every election since 1993. Sheila Copps said it right when she said, “The Liberal plan is a cash cow for government while families are cash poor”.
As our Prime Minister has said:
Children aren’t raised in academic faculties or government offices or the boardrooms of social activists. Children are raised in families, so that’s where the money flows.