Trudeau says child care ben­e­fit should not go to rich fam­i­lies like his

Asian Journal - - Nation - The Cana­dian Press

Ot­tawa: Justin Trudeau is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment’s newly en­hanced uni­ver­sal child care ben­e­fit. The Lib­eral leader main­tains it’s wrong to give the ben­e­fit to wealthy fam­i­lies that don’t need help rais­ing their kids. And to un­der­score that point, he’s go­ing to give his own fam­ily’s wind­fall to char­ity. With three young chil­dren, one un­der the age of six, Trudeau is en­ti­tled to col­lect an­nual UCCB pay­ments of about $3,400. In an in­ter­view Tues­day, he said he’ll give that money to La Mai­son Bleue, a char­i­ta­ble group in his Mon­treal rid­ing de­voted to help­ing vul­ner­a­ble women dur­ing preg­nancy and the early days of moth­er­hood. Child care ben­e­fits should go to fam­i­lies who need the help, “not fam­i­lies like mine or Mr. (Prime Min­is­ter Stephen) Harper’s,’’ Trudeau told The Cana­dian Press. “When it comes to child ben­e­fits, fair doesn’t mean giv­ing ev­ery­one the same thing, it means giv­ing peo­ple what they need.’’ On the same prin­ci­ple, Trudeau has pre­vi­ously promised that he and his wife won’t take ad­van­tage of the Con­ser­va­tives’ newly in­tro­duced parental in­come split­ting scheme _ for­go­ing some $2,000 in po­ten­tial sav­ings on his fam­ily’s an­nual in­come taxes.

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