Child-care benefit reaction from Calgary parents

Jul 23, 2015

The Calgary Eyeopener

July 22, 2015

Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has been touring the country touting the government's new child-care payments.

 

After calculating the benefits and costs of the Universal Child Care Benefit you come to realize there really is little to no benefit to it. 

CBC's Graeme Purdy from Calgary speaks to parents who recently received their big chunk of money in the mail

 

Tammy Runyans, who will put the money towards savings, doesn't beat around the bush. "It's totally trying to buy votes," she says.

"I think it's wasted on a lot of people that don't need it and it's probably more beneficial to give to people who have lower incomes or put towards day-care spots."

One woman who declined to give her name was unimpressed with what she sees as an unnecessary program that will affect her at tax time. 

"I'm not pleased with it. If I had my way, I would not accept it at all," she says, adding she's putting the money towards school fees and supplies.

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