The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal childcare, has never been greater. Yet a recent report by the Fraser Institute claims that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered in the total cost of raising children.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark's sentiment is that the burden of daycare is a "temporary" one for families. I disagree. Many families cannot afford to purchase a home because of it. Many women (and men) take themselves out of the workforce because of it. Many families go into debt because of it. Many couples decide not to have children (or more than one child) because of it.