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A New Democrat government would inject a one-time $100 million into licensed child care in Ontario if elected, party leader Andrea Horwath said Sunday.

The money, to be spent next year, would go toward "stabilizing" a system destabilized by the Liberal government, Horwath said.

"We see over a dozen child-care centres minimum across the province that are poised to close," Horwath said.

"That is not good enough. We can't have families in those communities having their child-care centres close and not having options for their children."

The Mother's Day announcement came at a water-front park, where the NDP leader chatted briefly with parents and kids enjoyed the sunshine.

Licensed child care in Ontario is the responsibility of municipalities, so it would be up to them to spend the money properly. Ontario has about 5,000 licensed child-care centres.

Horwath said an NDP government would not mess with the system as it is.

"We're not going to totally revamp the entire system and do direct funding, that doesn't make any sense," she said.

Currently, the province gives local governments about $970 million a year to spend on day care.

Horwath said the overall provincial spending would be indexed to inflation.

The measures amount to a "simple step" to ensure more affordable day-care spaces are retained, she said.

"We don't believe that child-care centres should be at risk of closing," Horwath said.

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said if Horwath really cared about child care, she would have voted for the proposed budget rather than pull the plug on the minority government and spark the election campaign.

"We had proposed that we would actually increase the wages of child-care workers,'' Wynne said.

"It would have been a very good idea for them to have supported the budget because there was support in that budget for child care."

Horwath did say her party would push for higher wages for child-care workers.

Andrea Calver, of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said the proposal shows the NDP is listening.

"There's a lot of good stuff in the announcement,'' Calver said.

The New Democrat campaign was set to head Sunday to Thunder Bay as Horwath tries to persuade voters to give her party a chance to form a government when they vote on June 12.

Polls suggest the Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak and Liberals under Kathleen Wynne are well ahead of the NDP, which has been propping up the minority Liberal government.

Voters can stick with an "out-of-ideas" Liberal group plagued by scandals and waste, pick a Conservative group that is "out of touch" with people in Ontario or vote New Democrat, Horwath said.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 05/12/2014 09:48 AM
    Don't the liberals already fork over a billion dollars a year for their all day baby sitting? Is Horwath claiming she can do that for a tenth of that amount?
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A New Democrat government would inject a one-time $100 million into licensed child care in Ontario if elected, party leader Andrea Horwath said Sunday.

The money, to be spent next year, would go toward "stabilizing" a system destabilized by the Liberal government, Horwath said.

"We see over a dozen child-care centres minimum across the province that are poised to close," Horwath said.

"That is not good enough. We can't have families in those communities having their child-care centres close and not having options for their children."

The Mother's Day announcement came at a water-front park, where the NDP leader chatted briefly with parents and kids enjoyed the sunshine.

Licensed child care in Ontario is the responsibility of municipalities, so it would be up to them to spend the money properly. Ontario has about 5,000 licensed child-care centres.

Horwath said an NDP government would not mess with the system as it is.

"We're not going to totally revamp the entire system and do direct funding, that doesn't make any sense," she said.

Currently, the province gives local governments about $970 million a year to spend on day care.

Horwath said the overall provincial spending would be indexed to inflation.

The measures amount to a "simple step" to ensure more affordable day-care spaces are retained, she said.

"We don't believe that child-care centres should be at risk of closing," Horwath said.

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said if Horwath really cared about child care, she would have voted for the proposed budget rather than pull the plug on the minority government and spark the election campaign.

"We had proposed that we would actually increase the wages of child-care workers,'' Wynne said.

"It would have been a very good idea for them to have supported the budget because there was support in that budget for child care."

Horwath did say her party would push for higher wages for child-care workers.

Andrea Calver, of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said the proposal shows the NDP is listening.

"There's a lot of good stuff in the announcement,'' Calver said.

The New Democrat campaign was set to head Sunday to Thunder Bay as Horwath tries to persuade voters to give her party a chance to form a government when they vote on June 12.

Polls suggest the Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak and Liberals under Kathleen Wynne are well ahead of the NDP, which has been propping up the minority Liberal government.

Voters can stick with an "out-of-ideas" Liberal group plagued by scandals and waste, pick a Conservative group that is "out of touch" with people in Ontario or vote New Democrat, Horwath said.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 05/12/2014 09:48 AM
    Don't the liberals already fork over a billion dollars a year for their all day baby sitting? Is Horwath claiming she can do that for a tenth of that amount?
  2. kind posted on 05/30/2014 10:21 PM
    Refill your wardrobe with colorful, trendy and quality costumes. The online shops offer everything required by a girl from different types of costumes to accessories, wedding gowns to wedding accessories, formal shoes to casual sandals, bathroom sets to table decors, etc to get a new transformation this spring season. After the cool yet boring winter season, http://awatchesmalls.co.uk where you were not allowed to wear any colorful apparels of your choice, spring makes you cheerful and beautiful with its true vibrant colors. So get ready to explore the spring with colorful and trendy apparels. Bottom sock pertaining to guys is comparable to in which of regular frequent socks anticipate they are getting singularly knitted jean pocket for your each bottom. It may be seen as the kind of hand protection for your feet. Bottom socks pertaining to guys are getting to be popular nowadays LV monogram canvas due to a lot of motives. You get ready to explore the colorful and very trendy spring outfits. All these you can simply enjoy with the spring collection dresses. In fact this is the right time to wear some vibrant and colorful apparels be summer bite you with its heat.
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