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National Child Care Campaign
dated October 14, 1999
At a child care facility in Toronto, CAW National president Buzz Hargrove and Toronto's Children's Advocate Olivia Chow unveiled the "Kids Can't Wait" design for the National Child Care Campaign.
The CAW has taken out 50 billboards in 22 cities across Canada to raise awareness of the need for child care.
At the campaign launch Chow delivered a direct message to Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Toronto's Children's Advocate
"Coroner's reports talk about the danger of unlicensed care to children, and we have provincial reports showing the desperate need for child care. So, today, as the Children's Advocate of Toronto, we say to the Prime Minister, that you can not just give tax credits, tax benefits, tax cuts to parents without creating space for children. You can not say that you are investing, Mr. Prime Minister, without actually creating child care spaces."
The CAW is urging the federal government in Ottawa to take immediate action to meet the need for child care in Canada.
CAW National President
"If government meets this responsibility, employers can and will meet their responsibility, but only if somebody puts the heat on them to do that.
The national program should not only be a national program that is open to every kid in the country, but it also should say that corporations above a certain size, should be required to make a contribution as well.
Of course we believe, as a union, that families who make a reasonable income should contribute as well, and low-income families should have the service for nothing."
To underline the willingness of business to get involved Hargrove also released a letter co-signed by the CAW and DaimlerChrysler calling on the federal government to "include a significant policy statement and financial commitment towards the Children's Agenda in it's next budget". The letter was one of the provisions in the new contract with DaimlerChrysler.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."