| Paul Martin Retrospective Gallery
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|Hamilton - Ontario - Canada
December 7, 2005
Likening child care to medicare, Paul Martin
wanted to make the Liberals' five-year, $5 billion
daycare program a permanent feature of
The pledge, the first new Liberal proposal of the
2006 election campaign, would have meant
federal funding of $1.2 billion a year going to the
provinces for child care after the current program
expired in five years.
Martin said the extension of the program was
requested by community groups and provincial
governments, all of which have signed
agreements with Ottawa to develop early learning
and daycare programs.
The Liberals had promised a national daycare
program in every election campaign since 1993.