I’m just starting to re-think this now, since it popped up again. I guess it depends on what the details of such a program would look like. In Canada we generally accept that health care is important enough that the government needs to be in control and I’d like to think through whether daycare warrants the same extreme.
But, one of my initial reactions, similar to a comment on Scott’s post linked above, is why does this need to be federal? Quebec already has a program, although I don’t know how good it is considered to be. Further, the requirements for a program would likely be pretty different when comparing southern Ontario to small rural towns on the coasts.
Why can’t this be a provincial issue?
Any examples of other countries that do this well?