Mulcair talks balance budget, daycare to Islanders

By Jeremy Fraser

Sept. 23, 2015

NDP leader Tom Mulcair was greeted by supporters chanting his name as he arrived at Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown on Sept. 21.

Mulcair spoke to more than 400 people at the rally about a number of issues including balancing the budget and child care.

The NDP has the best track record for balancing the budget, said Mulcair.

“It’s not just our own opinion, it’s been proved by a study by the finance department. It’s an approach we are taken, we published our numbers and we want people to know.”

Paula Ramsay has been a long-time supporter for the NDP. Mulcair’s balance budget approach is something important to her, she said.

“Mr. Mulcair provided his overall plan for the budget before Mr. Harper or Mr. Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau wants to run deficits now, but at this stage in Canada, we can’t afford to do that.”

Mulcair also talked about a $15 a day daycare. There are steps needed to be taken before this can happen, said Mulcair.

“Sixty per cent of the cost will be funded by the government. When I meet with families across Canada, it’s the No. 1 concern.

“We are going to talk with the provinces and show them why it ($15 a day child care) would be in best interest to them.”

Ramsay likes the idea of $15 a day daycare and hopes it becomes a reality.

“I work long hours every week and I have two children that go to daycare each day. The costs are out of this world and for many people they can’t afford it.

“It would be a major convenience for many Islanders with small children and something that’s good for everyone across Canada.”

Earlier in the day, Mulcair was in Halifax speaking with supporters and visiting the Irving Shipbuilding site.

After speaking with supporters at Upstreet Craft Brewing, the leader wrapped up his day by visiting MacKinnon’s Lobster on the Wharf in Charlottetown.