De­mand­ing af­ford­able child­care

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

NDP vol­un­teers will take to the streets in the Hills­bor­ough Park area Satur­day, ask­ing res­i­dents to sign a pe­ti­tion to demon­strate pop­u­lar sup­port for an all-Cana­dian plan for ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able and goodqual­ity child­care.

The vol­un­teers come from the cam­paign to elect Joe Byrne, fed­eral NDP can­di­date for Char­lot­te­town.

The NDP’s plat­form calls for a na­tional pro­gram to en­cour­age the growth of a mil­lion child­care spa­ces over eight years, and to of­fer par­ents a rea­son­able cost of $15 a day, mod­elled on Que­bec’s pro­gram.

Satur­day’s ex­er­cise is what New Democrats call a “Day of Ac­tion”: teams go door-to-door to raise con­scious­ness of a crit­i­cal is­sue and lis­ten to grass­roots public opin­ion.

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