Harper and the minority Conservative government have decided that the best form of daycare assistance that Canadians can get is 100$/month for every preschool age child. Let’s say I’m a single woman with a child of two. Now let’s say I have to work to support that child. 100$/month is going to afford me a teenage babysitter once a week if I’m lucky. And even if 100$/month was enough to cover daycare costs, or even a decent chunk of the daycare costs, my child would have to wait upwards of two-three years to get a spot in a daycare facility. Canada currently has enough daycare slots for about 1/4 of the kids. Fabulous. Now let’s say my child is seven and I’m still working to support that child. He/she goes to school from 8 until 3pm. What do you think the odds are of me getting a job that allows me to be home before 3pm? And now I don’t even get the 100$ to laugh at. Sigh.
Environment and Transit:
Harper and the minority Conservative government have devised a “made-in-Canada” solution to environmental issues. Instead of channeling money into useful environmental initiatives, Harper has decided to give Canadians who purchase monthly bus passes and so on an income tax credit which amounts to about 150$/year. Wow. There’s some incentive to ride the bus eh? A monthly bus pass, monthly, in Toronto will run you over 100$. Yeesh.
That’s my morning rant.