Big box buying spree adds urgency to national child care debate

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VANCOUVER /CNW Telbec/ – With the Campbell Liberals refusing to stop the spread of big box child care across British Columbia, parents and child care activists are looking for action.

Australian multinational child care corporation ABC Learning is seeking to expand into Canada by purchasing child care centres, starting in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.

CUPE President Paul Moist and NDP child care critic Olivia Chow will hold a news conference calling on the federal and provincial governments to stop moving down this dangerous path and support a national not-for-profit child care program.

Bill C-303, the NDP’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, would provide significant protection against this foreign takeover by ensuring that federal child care investments support only high quality, affordable, not-for-profit child care in Canada. The bill goes to third reading on November 20th.