Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns, pressed the government today to level with Manitobans about their lack of a plan for accessible, affordable child care for Manitoba families.
“Hardworking Manitoba families need affordable, accessible and high-quality child care, and they expect the government to deliver on promises made in the election,” said Fontaine. “Without a comprehensive strategy outlined in their Throne Speech, and with only unsubstantiated campaign commitments to go on, families are left to worry if they’ll have to pay higher fees for fewer spaces.”
Last April, during the election campaign, the Conservatives made child care promises that only addressed 5% of the waitlist. Portage la Prairie MLA Ian Wishart then promised Manitobans they could expect more child care commitments from the PCs.
However, no further campaign commitments were made and a child care strategy was completely missing from the government’s Speech from the Throne.
“Child care is a pressing issue that disproportionately affects women,” said Fontaine. “As a mother myself, I know how important it is to know my kids are taken care of while I’m working hard to give them every possible opportunity in life.”
The Manitoba NDP Caucus calls on the provincial government to explain how many affordable, quality child care spots they will build, this year and going forward, to address Manitoba’s child care needs.