Today I read this article at rabble.ca about this supposed giant shift that has occurred in Quebec because all three main provincial parties are running candidates who are “right” of centre. Horrors…. I am glad the author pointed it out because I had not realized that a province that already has a universal child care program with all three candidates supporting the big dollars going into that system was “right”. It still seems pretty “left” to me at least in some of the areas I really care about.
I mean here we have Dumont echoing a slightly different, but mostly similar Harper refrain of a child bonus of $100 a week for stay at home parents who don’t work…..for diapers though…no beer or popcorn. Somehow Dumont is forgetting the “really offensive right” Harper piece where he achieves this payment by taking the money away from parents who work and use child care programs. The Harper approach is different…..just subtract from this side and voila, we’re there….all paid for. I never once heard Dumont say he was going to cut child care funding one bit. In fact, in the article he complains the funding Charest has provided is too low.
I making this comparison to us poor Westerners east of Quebec who still have a lousy system of child care and early learning with dire shortages of care occurring and parents paying up to $900-$1000 dollars a month for under 3 care in cities. Yes, I think the author forgets the social programs that Quebec has that the rest of us don’t. I would say these candidates don’t need to campaign as left because there are already many supposedly “left” programs that are integrated into their economy and culture. I know, I am jealous and it’s showing.