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