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Ignatieff commits Liberals to national daycare
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:07:55 PM »
OTTAWA A national child-care program is among the top priorities for the Liberals in the next election platform and any future government, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff vowed this morning.

"It's a clear commitment," Ignatieff told reporters after a visit to an Ottawa daycare centre. "If you have commitments, you don't have 20. You have three or four and this is one of them."

Ignatieff acknowledged, however, that delivering on a national child-care program will be difficult if Canada remains mired in deficit a condition that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has already forecast to last another five years.

"How you phase it in depends on what these guys leave in the till and they've spent the cupboard bare," Ignatieff said. "It's a very clear commitment... It's a legacy issue for the Liberal party."

Ignatieff declared the child-care promise after spending the morning at an Ottawa daycare centre, reading to four-year-olds and touring the facility, which has a waiting list of 900 children vying for rare spaces.


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