Thoughts on forestalling the coming childcare crisis

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

… the childcare sector requires an immediate injection of capital and a rapid expansion of space(s) in this critical phase of re-opening the economy… the Multilateral Early Learning and Childcare Framework… should immediately be boosted to pay some or all of the costs of a temporary injection of much-needed capital… provinces should actively support childcare providers to make use of community spaces that can accommodate satellite locations for childcare

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Ottawa has the Tools to Replace the CERB

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Two groups of Canadians face particular difficulties – low-income Canadians and families with children. Low-income Canadians have been hit hardest, as they make up the largest proportion of a service-sector led shutdown… Extending the CCB and GSTC boosts will allow low-income Canadians and families with children face the post-CERB knowing that they would have the income security they need to face the likelihood of a slow and uncertain recovery.

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Canadians need child-care benefits to withstand a COVID-19 recession

Monday, May 11th, 2020

… our national child-care support program – the Child Care Expense Deduction (CCED) – has two flaws that will make it unsuitable for an uneven economic recovery, as predicted for Canada, as well as for primary caregivers with school-aged kids at home… The CCED must be claimed by the lower-income spouse and the amount deducted cannot exceed two-thirds of their income… As a result, the CCED is stingy for low-income families and significantly more generous for higher-income families…

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Serve the provinces a bigger piece of tax pie

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Dec 17 2010
… why can’t we aspire to a system where provinces raise enough taxes to pay for provincial programs, while the federal government raises enough money to pay for federal programs? If we better aligned spending with revenues, voters could hold provincial governments responsible for delivering provincial programs that they are responsible for. It would do away with the fiscal illusion of spending another government’s money… So instead of going to Ottawa begging for more money, the provinces should go to Ottawa and ask to take over the GST.

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