John­son said pro­gram could be ex­panded

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make a dif­fer­ence. It’s not to say it’s the an­swer to ev­ery­thing,” Ross said.

Paula Shep­pard, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the New­found­land and Labrador Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Women En­trepreneurs, also ap­proved.

“ From an em­ployer’s per­spec­tive, I was re­ally happy to see ... money go­ing into that,” she said. “ We do deal with busi­ness star­tups, so that might be an op­por­tu­nity for some busi­nesses to start up, take ad­van­tage of those grants, es­pe­cially in ru­ral New­found­land.” But the op­po­si­tion par­ties were skep­ti­cal. “ We re­ally ex­pected a lot more around the child care ini­tia­tive be­cause this was one of the hall­marks of the gov­ern­ment in their throne speech,” said Lib­eral Leader Yvonne Jones. “ We were hop­ing it would be more af­ford­able child care for peo­ple. We were hop­ing that there would be more en­hance­ments to the cen­tres and more spa­ces cre­ated in cen­tres. We didn’t see those things at all.” The labour move­ment also said it wasn’t sat­is­fied. “ I thought gov­ern­ment would re­ally fo­cus on child care, which we know is an im­por­tant so­cial is­sue for nurses and for the peo­ple of the prov­ince,” said nurses’ union pres­i­dent Deb­bie For­ward. “ The money that they did in­vest, $3 mil­lion, just doesn’t go far enough.”

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