This post is for Sara (Choice for Childcare), whom I greatly admire. She is a real trooper when it comes to walking the talk; whereas most of us just sit back and complain.
Today is her Income Splitting Blogburst. Already Torian has a post up, and there is another excellent one at Cyrano's Steel.
My husband and I made the decision long ago to have one parent stay home with our children. It was a decision we never regretted, but it has come at a big cost financially. Things would have been much easier with income splitting. We often thought it unfair that dual-income families were given special treatment.
There are many reasons for the government to consider income splitting, and I believe that Jim Flaherty does see this as an issue of equality. Perhaps it isn't viable this time around, but with leaders like Elizabeth May also supporting the idea, I think income splitting will eventually become a reality in Canada.
With declining birth-rates, families now need our encouragement and support more than ever. Our economy depends on it. But this support should be extended to all families - not just those with two incomes.
In a country that holds the notion of equality high on a Canadian flag-draped pedestal, single-income families should not be discriminated against.
It may be too late for my family, but let's do the right thing for Sara and all the Canadian parents who want to care for their own children.