Johnson said program could be expanded
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.”