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Mike's Statement on NDP Childcare Debate Tactics
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Mike made the following statement in the House of Commons today:
"Mr. Speaker, last night I sat in this place ready to hear the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development speak to Bill C-303, a bill the NDP has identified as a priority.
However, when the private members' hour came I was shocked to see NDP members use procedural tricks to delay debating this bill. Imagine, NDP members manipulating the system to delay debate on their own child care bill on National Child Day.
One might ask why they would do this. Do they not want parents to hear how this bill would remove real choice in child care by limiting the options available to them? Are they afraid the public will realize that the only thing this bill would do is remove money from the provinces that do not cave in and support their one size fits all model?
Or, do they not want Canadians to know that the provinces oppose this bill and say that it would put a halt to the creation of tens of thousands of child care spaces across this country? Are those the reasons?
Or, is it that the NDP simply wants to play politics with this important issue without actually having to talk about the facts?"
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Mike Lake - Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin