Milton Freedman

The ideological roots of Harper's opposition to child care

After enduring well over a decade of broken promises, the prospects for publicly-funded child care in Canada looked good in the autumn of 2005.

The Paul Martin government proposed to create thousands of new day-care spaces and had also negotiated deals with most provinces and territories to turn a patch-work of often poor-quality services into a system of early learning and child care with national standards.

Then Stephen Harper won the election. The program was turfed and replaced by Harper’s ...

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