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Canada STILL needs child care Federal Election 2008

Authorized by: Code Blue for Child Care

October 8, 2008

Dear Child Care Colleagues:
Environics polling data released today confirms what we?ve been hearing across the country - the lack of affordable child care is a serious issue for 77% of Canadians, demonstrating that the Harper government is out of touch with the public and has failed to support parents struggling to find quality services. When Quebec, which has its own child care system, is removed from the polling data, the results are even higher, with 80% of Canadians seeing lack of affordable child care as a serious issue (86% in Atlantic Canada, 85% in British Columbia, 78% in Ontario and 75% in the Prairies). The high numbers also hold true across male and female respondents, urban and rural communities, and show strong concern among homemakers as well as employed women.  The issue is even a concern for a strong majority of Conservative voters. The Environics poll also asked Canadians whether government had a role to play helping to meet parents? child care needs.  Eighty-three per cent said that governments have an important role to play. Thank you for all you are doing to help make child care an important issue in this federal election!  Remember that in good, bad or uncertain economic times as we have today, children still need a healthy start in life and families still need support to work or study.  An investment in high quality, universal child care services today will strengthen our economy tomorrow. Jody Dallaire, Chairperson Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada http://www.buildchildcare.ca/www/election08-publications/press-release---poll