Par­ents urged to do­nate child care cheques

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The fed­eral NDP is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents who don’t need the newly en­hanced uni­ver­sal child care ben­e­fit to do­nate the money to the party. The party’s latest fundrais­ing email blast urges sup­port­ers to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Ella, a fi­nan­cially-se­cure sin­gle mother who in­tends to do­nate her UCCB wind­fall to the NDP. NDP Leader Tom Mul­cair has promised that a New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment would keep the en­riched UCCB in place. The fundrais­ing mis­sive comes dur­ing a week in which Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau has stepped up his crit­i­cism of Mul­cair for per­pet­u­at­ing a Con­ser­va­tive ben­e­fits regime that gives equal pay­outs to par­ents, re­gard­less of in­come.

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