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    Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    Canadian women want child care, not diaper money

    Stardate 5429.4

    Well I said all along that H-Dog's "Vision" for child care of giving families $1200 a year per child under 6 was nothing more than a vote-buying money hand-out, and to a certain extent, many women's groups agree. Today is International Women's day, and many groups called on PM H-Dog to reconsider scrapping the $5 Billion deal with the provinces currently in place.

    "While families welcome financial support, it is not child care," Monica Lysack, of the Canadian Child Care Advocacy Association, told a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday.

    Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, told reporters that "for working women, child care is all about equality."

    She said Harper's promised child-care money falls far short of what is needed. "Help with diapers maybe, but not child care. This government has its focus on the family all wrong," Byers added. (emphasis mine)

    This is exactly true. Diapers... beer, popcorn... in the end it's all the same. It's not child care, it's a monetary handout.

    It's kind of funny, but not really, that PM H-Dog seems to show what he really thinks women should do in his Statement on International Women's Day...
    “It is also a chance to reiterate my Government’s determination to provide Canadian women with the security and sense of opportunity to which they aspire, and to reiterate our commitment to working with them to ensure the economic security, timely health care and safe streets that are so vital for raising strong families.”
    In other words, take our money each month and stay at home to be mothers. He is paying women to not have careers or aspirations beyond motherhood. I would never take away from women who are stay at home mother's as this is often a very difficult and thankless job, but the Prime Minister is showing how he really feels on women's equality. After all, isn't that what a "traditional" family is all about?

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