Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)
Mr. Jim Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council):
Mr. Speaker, truth comes in strange ways and at strange moments. I think my colleague across the way just laid a little truth on the table. I think he said that they are against the Bill because it does nothing for child care workers. Does he mean all child care workers? Does he mean babysitters, the teenagers who sit for other people's children, the friends and neighbours? Are these child care workers? Are mothers child care workers?
I suspect that the NDP definition of a child care worker is someone who works in an institution and belongs to some kind of association which verges on being a union. Whether it is free
Canada Child Care Act
trade or child care, the NDP represents a leadership element in Canadian society. It represents people with pretty big salaries, union leaders, who drive pretty big cars and travel to pretty good hotels. The behaviour of Members across the way is conditioned on behalf of those people, the union leaders who belong to their political Party. It is time for them to join the rest of us in speaking out on behalf of all Canadians, not just a small portion of Canadians who happen to be in that fortunate position but on behalf of all Canadians.
The child care policy of this Government is a policy on behalf of all children, children who are cared for in their homes by their mothers or fathers. We are offering some help for them to raise their children. This legislation deals with the provisions of child care services in a more formal sense. The basic philosophy of this piece of legislation is that Parliament will provide money to the provinces to set up the services which the provinces need for the people who live in those provinces.
Living in Tuktoyaktuk is not the same as living in downtown Toronto. Living in Barrhead, Alberta, is not the same as living in the City of Calgary. What the NDP and Liberal Members are asking for when they talk about national standards is some kind of minimum qualification for the workers in the system, not for the good of the children. Children are well cared for by parents, no formal schooling required. They give love, care and attention. Children are well cared for by teenagers. Children are well cared for by relatives, by friends, by neighbours
Subtopic: CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO ENACT