‘It’s been 50 years … 50 years!’ A national child care program in Canada?

Posted on December 3, 2020 in Child & Family History

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TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinion/Letters
December 3, 2020.   Nancy Marley-Clarke, Calgary

If history is anything to rely on, Canadians could be waiting a long time for the perpetually promised, but never delivered, child-care program.

It’s been 50 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended child-care services for women who choose to work outside the home. Fifty years! Those of us in our early 20s in the work force back then welcomed this news. Boy, universal child care: We can have families while still continuing to build careers!

Since then, governments of all stripes have promised a program. None have actually made it happen. It’s probably safe to say that, with the premiers demanding a raft of priorities, child care will once again fall off the to-do list.

This is the value society seems to place on rearing children and granting the women who bear them an equal opportunity to thrive in the workplace: none.


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