Wotherspoon commits to universal $15 per day childcare, welcomes Carla Beck's endorsement
September 26, 2017
Today Saskatchewan NDP Leadership candidate Trent Wotherspoon announced his commitment to build a universal $15 per day childcare system and received the endorsement of Regina Lakeview MLA and Official Opposition Education Critic, Carla Beck.
"The lack of quality, affordable childcare in Saskatchewan is holding our province back from reaching its full potential," Wotherspoon said. "As premier, I'd work to build a system of universal $15 per day childcare that families can access and count on."
Wotherspoon stated that instead of offering giveaways to the largest corporations and the wealthiest he would invest in children.
"The evidence is clear: universal childcare isn't just good for families, it's good for our economy. This will make a real difference in the lives of Saskatchewan people while improving our province’s economy."
Studies show that when other provinces invested in universal childcare, they ended up with more money on hand because of the new tax revenues generated by parents entering the workforce. Wotherspoon noted that his approach would be flexible and include support for training, education, and wages for Early Childhood Educators.
"I'm excited to stand here with Trent in support of his bid to lead our party, and in support of his commitment to deliver on affordable childcare," Beck said. "Trent has been fighting for education and kids in our province for ten years. I know he has what it takes to win in 2020 so that we can deliver on childcare, provide the best early learning supports, and build a province that works for everyone."
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