CLC – Another victory for working families: NDP Child Care Act clears important hurdle

NDP Child Care Act clears
important hurdle, moves closer to becoming law

OTTAWA – Congratulations
are in order to the members of the House of Commons who have, once
again, listened to working people and moved another important
private members’ bill closer to becoming law.

The NDP-sponsored child care act, Bill C-303 lays the foundation
for a country-wide child care system governed by principles and
accountability. It ensures reliable funding for the provinces while
respecting their diversity. It also guarantees tax dollars
earmarked for child care are invested in not-for-profit
centres.

“This is a step in the right direction. Working
families have working parents and it’s just a fact that affordable,
reliable child care means the difference between a steady job or
more precarious forms of work. It means all children regardless of
their parents’ income can get the same opportunities and the same
head start in life,” says Barbara Byers, executive vice-president
of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Last month, MPs voted to send Bill C-257 past second reading to
a parliamentary committee after working people across the country
made it clear they wanted it passed. The bill would amend the
Canada Labour Code to ban the use of scab labour (replacement
workers) during labour disputes.

“Working people should contact their MP and
tell them to support Bill C-303. They should call them, send them a
letter or, best of all, pay a quick visit to their local office.
Opposition MPs need to know it matters to their constituents.
Government MPs especially need to know their constituents aren’t
buying the Conservative ‘plan’ for child care,” says Ken Georgetti,
president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Achieving quality, accessible child care is a priority for the
labour movement because it’s a priority for working people and
their families. Moving Bill C-303 beyond the committee and final
approval in Parliament can happen if people want it (and their
elected representatives listen), especially with a minority
government.