Grit remark tough to swallow

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OK. I'm going to break my own rule against spewing political venom in this space. This is one I can't let slide. It turns out, if I had an extra $100 in my bank account each month, the Liberal party thinks I'll spend it on popcorn and beer.

Wow.

Usually, we can count on a Conservative to spurt out some shockingly offensive nugget like that mid-election. But the Liberals? And they don't even have paid-off ad firms to spin them out of trouble this time. Pity.

I shouldn't be surprised. It is, after all, from the mouths of a corrupt government, with a long history of misappropriated funds. Perhaps a Liberal would spend extra cash that way. Or maybe they would give it to a daycare, to get the tax credits, on the understanding that the daycare would provide them with popcorn and beer in return.

I, myself, am a young mom. John, the joy of my life, is 17 months old. So I speak from experience when I say that beer and popcorn aren't high on the priority list for any young parent.

This statement reeks of Liberal arrogance on so many levels. First was the apology, which came reluctantly, weakly, and only after days of uproar. Too little, too late.

Then there's the sheer economy of it. Come on - it's a hundred bucks a month. It may be able to buy an awful lot of beer for a college bachelor, or a candidate looking to win some college bachelor votes, but it doesn't go far for a young family. It's hardly cause for wild abandon at the shopping mall, or beer store.

Perhaps Liberal policy-makers, in the comforts of middle-age, have forgotten the struggles of new families. The monolithic mortgage on the run-down starter home, only made affordable because of the long, long list of repairs. Add a hefty student debt, outrageous home heating costs and a hydro bill spiraling out of control, thanks to the provincial Liberals. Add a baby or two, and watch that paycheque stretch.

Do the Liberals know how much daycare even costs? A run-of-the-mill, nothing special centre costs about $1,200 a month for an infant. That's more than my mortgage and taxes combined. It's barely worth working, at those prices. In that context, $100 a month doesn't sound like much. It's just an extra buffer between a family and the wolves at its door.

And then there's the choice issue. Under the Liberal plan, the care we chose for John wouldn't even qualify for support, because we opted for homecare. They seem to see a world of cookie-cutter childcare, where every kid is plunked in a formal, Liberal-approved institution, and every parent works. No thanks.

For a party that follows the polls so religiously, this is glaring misjudgement of the Canadian dream. In a recent poll, more than 80 per cent of parents chose a full-time parent as their top childcare option, followed by a relative or friend. Daycare was a distant fifth. In reality, only 17 per cent of kids are in daycare, but only those kids will get a cut of the Liberal funding.

I know the logic. The government wants everyone who can work to work. We have a serious labour shortage coming and working moms and dads are key to weathering that storm.

Funding daycare is easy; it's an existing, regulated institution. Just throw in money, and hopefully, it will grow. Heck, it's even a provincial responsibility. The Liberals just have to cut a bigger transfer cheque, and if the results aren't what parents want, the Feds can just blame the province for wasting the cash. But it doesn't acknowledge the needs and wishes of parents. I'm not sure $1,200 a year does, either, but it hits closer to the target. At the very least, it shows some faith in young families.

Thank you, Liberal Party, for showing some of your true colours, BEFORE we go to the polls.

Boy, do I need a beer. And pass the popcorn.

Grit remark tough to swallow

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OK. I'm going to break my own rule against spewing political venom in this space. This is one I can't let slide. It turns out, if I had an extra $100 in my bank account each month, the Liberal party thinks I'll spend it on popcorn and beer.

Wow.

Usually, we can count on a Conservative to spurt out some shockingly offensive nugget like that mid-election. But the Liberals? And they don't even have paid-off ad firms to spin them out of trouble this time. Pity.

I shouldn't be surprised. It is, after all, from the mouths of a corrupt government, with a long history of misappropriated funds. Perhaps a Liberal would spend extra cash that way. Or maybe they would give it to a daycare, to get the tax credits, on the understanding that the daycare would provide them with popcorn and beer in return.

I, myself, am a young mom. John, the joy of my life, is 17 months old. So I speak from experience when I say that beer and popcorn aren't high on the priority list for any young parent.

This statement reeks of Liberal arrogance on so many levels. First was the apology, which came reluctantly, weakly, and only after days of uproar. Too little, too late.

Then there's the sheer economy of it. Come on - it's a hundred bucks a month. It may be able to buy an awful lot of beer for a college bachelor, or a candidate looking to win some college bachelor votes, but it doesn't go far for a young family. It's hardly cause for wild abandon at the shopping mall, or beer store.

Perhaps Liberal policy-makers, in the comforts of middle-age, have forgotten the struggles of new families. The monolithic mortgage on the run-down starter home, only made affordable because of the long, long list of repairs. Add a hefty student debt, outrageous home heating costs and a hydro bill spiraling out of control, thanks to the provincial Liberals. Add a baby or two, and watch that paycheque stretch.

Do the Liberals know how much daycare even costs? A run-of-the-mill, nothing special centre costs about $1,200 a month for an infant. That's more than my mortgage and taxes combined. It's barely worth working, at those prices. In that context, $100 a month doesn't sound like much. It's just an extra buffer between a family and the wolves at its door.

And then there's the choice issue. Under the Liberal plan, the care we chose for John wouldn't even qualify for support, because we opted for homecare. They seem to see a world of cookie-cutter childcare, where every kid is plunked in a formal, Liberal-approved institution, and every parent works. No thanks.

For a party that follows the polls so religiously, this is glaring misjudgement of the Canadian dream. In a recent poll, more than 80 per cent of parents chose a full-time parent as their top childcare option, followed by a relative or friend. Daycare was a distant fifth. In reality, only 17 per cent of kids are in daycare, but only those kids will get a cut of the Liberal funding.

I know the logic. The government wants everyone who can work to work. We have a serious labour shortage coming and working moms and dads are key to weathering that storm.

Funding daycare is easy; it's an existing, regulated institution. Just throw in money, and hopefully, it will grow. Heck, it's even a provincial responsibility. The Liberals just have to cut a bigger transfer cheque, and if the results aren't what parents want, the Feds can just blame the province for wasting the cash. But it doesn't acknowledge the needs and wishes of parents. I'm not sure $1,200 a year does, either, but it hits closer to the target. At the very least, it shows some faith in young families.

Thank you, Liberal Party, for showing some of your true colours, BEFORE we go to the polls.

Boy, do I need a beer. And pass the popcorn.

Grit remark tough to swallow

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OK. I'm going to break my own rule against spewing political venom in this space. This is one I can't let slide. It turns out, if I had an extra $100 in my bank account each month, the Liberal party thinks I'll spend it on popcorn and beer.

Wow.

Usually, we can count on a Conservative to spurt out some shockingly offensive nugget like that mid-election. But the Liberals? And they don't even have paid-off ad firms to spin them out of trouble this time. Pity.

I shouldn't be surprised. It is, after all, from the mouths of a corrupt government, with a long history of misappropriated funds. Perhaps a Liberal would spend extra cash that way. Or maybe they would give it to a daycare, to get the tax credits, on the understanding that the daycare would provide them with popcorn and beer in return.

I, myself, am a young mom. John, the joy of my life, is 17 months old. So I speak from experience when I say that beer and popcorn aren't high on the priority list for any young parent.

This statement reeks of Liberal arrogance on so many levels. First was the apology, which came reluctantly, weakly, and only after days of uproar. Too little, too late.

Then there's the sheer economy of it. Come on - it's a hundred bucks a month. It may be able to buy an awful lot of beer for a college bachelor, or a candidate looking to win some college bachelor votes, but it doesn't go far for a young family. It's hardly cause for wild abandon at the shopping mall, or beer store.

Perhaps Liberal policy-makers, in the comforts of middle-age, have forgotten the struggles of new families. The monolithic mortgage on the run-down starter home, only made affordable because of the long, long list of repairs. Add a hefty student debt, outrageous home heating costs and a hydro bill spiraling out of control, thanks to the provincial Liberals. Add a baby or two, and watch that paycheque stretch.

Do the Liberals know how much daycare even costs? A run-of-the-mill, nothing special centre costs about $1,200 a month for an infant. That's more than my mortgage and taxes combined. It's barely worth working, at those prices. In that context, $100 a month doesn't sound like much. It's just an extra buffer between a family and the wolves at its door.

And then there's the choice issue. Under the Liberal plan, the care we chose for John wouldn't even qualify for support, because we opted for homecare. They seem to see a world of cookie-cutter childcare, where every kid is plunked in a formal, Liberal-approved institution, and every parent works. No thanks.

For a party that follows the polls so religiously, this is glaring misjudgement of the Canadian dream. In a recent poll, more than 80 per cent of parents chose a full-time parent as their top childcare option, followed by a relative or friend. Daycare was a distant fifth. In reality, only 17 per cent of kids are in daycare, but only those kids will get a cut of the Liberal funding.

I know the logic. The government wants everyone who can work to work. We have a serious labour shortage coming and working moms and dads are key to weathering that storm.

Funding daycare is easy; it's an existing, regulated institution. Just throw in money, and hopefully, it will grow. Heck, it's even a provincial responsibility. The Liberals just have to cut a bigger transfer cheque, and if the results aren't what parents want, the Feds can just blame the province for wasting the cash. But it doesn't acknowledge the needs and wishes of parents. I'm not sure $1,200 a year does, either, but it hits closer to the target. At the very least, it shows some faith in young families.

Thank you, Liberal Party, for showing some of your true colours, BEFORE we go to the polls.

Boy, do I need a beer. And pass the popcorn.