I was trying to clean up the towering stacks of newspapers around here, when I came across an article from the Tuesday Record:
Resurrect Liberal day-care plan, councillors say (May 16 - Local):
Our local cast of clowns has "...unanimously passed a motion that calls on the new Conservative government in Ottawa to make a five-year commitment to the day-care program put in place by the Liberals."
"This is a motherhood issue," Coun. Geoff Lorentz said at the meeting of the finance committee.
"To cancel all of these spots, to me it's unbelievable."
Motherhood issue? Come on!!! Sara, I bet you'll have something to say about that!
"Mayor Carl Zehr led the call for support in Kitchener, but wanted any reference to the Conservative government replaced with the term federal government."
"You can't take the politics out of it, but I would like to take the partisanship out of it," Zehr said.
That's rich Carl, considering you have Sharon Mitic, of Canadian Auto Workers Local 1524 behind you.
"Mitic was joined by Jim Woods, the first vice-president of Local 1524, as the union leads a nationwide campaign to convince the federal Tories the child-care program put in place by the Liberals must be retained."
First of all, didn't these turkeys pay attention during the election? This is not something that P.M. Harper just recently pulled out of a hat. The government was elected on five now famous planks and this was one of them. Secondly, the Liberal "plan" was nothing more than sending a cheque to the provinces. These guys are now panicking because they have to face all these local lobby groups.
And Coun. Berry Vrbanovic, who chairs the finance committee, said that the recent federal budget that cancels the program "runs counter to all research that demonstrates each dollar invested in early childhood education saves $7 in later expenditures on health care and criminal justice."
Hmm... That sounds familiar. Just who did this "research", BTW?
"This is certainly one of the more unfortunate parts of the recent federal budget," Vrbanovic said. "I think this is going to come back to bite us, and bite us significantly."
Oh, this is going to come back to bite you all right, Berry - Right at the next municipal election!