despite all mike harris's warm and fuzzy talk about early child support, there's no money in the Tories' so-called "early years plan" for new childcare spaces.
Eight months after the feds announced that their National Children's Agenda would pump $840 million into new child-focused programs in Ontario over the next five years, the Harris Tories have finally disclosed how they'll spend the first $114-million instalment.
John Baird, the minister responsible for children, announced after the budget that he intends to spend $30 million on province-wide information centres for parents of infants and young children, while $83 million will go to programs for special-needs children, teen parents and literacy.
None of the money has been earmarked for new childcare spaces.
"We were disappointed, to say the least," says Pedro Barata, Ontario coordinator of the campaign to end child poverty in Ontario.
The city of Toronto is unable to add 2,000 desperately needed childcare spaces this year because of the budget crunch.