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Chrystia Freeland wants to spend more — lots more

Oct 29 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Generous, because doing less will only hurt everyone in the long run. And yes, we can afford it. Chrystia Freeland’s staff billed her first big finance-minister vision speech on Wednesday as “an announcement of national significance” and that was an overreach. She quite deliberately avoided talk of numbers or of setting firm parameters on government […]

Canadians have been promised a national child-care program before. Will this time be any different?

Sep 25 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Daycare was hands-down the big winner from this week’s throne speech, and that’s a victory for parents, kids, pandemic-stricken workplaces and the labour force of the future. The persuading has been done. Now the hard work begins. The Liberals have committed to a “significant, long-term sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early-learning and child-care system.” […]