2021 Federal Election: Will Jagmeet Singh’s Child Care Platform Work As Well For Him As Imminent Fatherhood? – Macleans.ca

Election image of the day: The vision of the NDP leader shopping for baby clothes is enough to warm the heart of any voter. The same cannot be said for the $ 10-a-day care.

It is extremely difficult to schedule a pregnancy exactly when you want it. But for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, events couldn’t have lined up much better. He and his wife revealed that they were waiting a few days before the elections are called, no doubt aiding Singh’s ratings of personal favoritism (who doesn’t share the joy of future parents?) in a career in which his party is struggling to differentiate itself from the Liberals. Child care, which is surely an issue close to Singh’s heart, is a prime example: There is barely a shred of light between the NDP and liberal proposals for a $ 10-a-day child care program. Meanwhile, conservative rival Erin O’Toole would instead create a tax credit, much to the chagrin of provinces that have already signed deals with the liberal government. That includes Quebec, whose prime minister isn’t exactly happy with O’Toole’s decision, despite the fact that the province already has $ 10-a-day child care. And yet, as Singh goes shopping for baby clothes during the campaign, the issue may not be resonating very well with the general public, who see the plans of the three parts very similarlyAnd don’t view child care as a bigger problem than climate change, pandemic management, economic growth, or affordability. Singh likes to ask for a change, but the only changes he could be making this winter are dirty diapers.


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