That was the common refrain of parents shocked after Peel Region councillors voted to close down the 12 childcare centres the region runs within two years.
The response was to a remark Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion made in the emotionally fraught council chamber as the future of public childcare in Peel hung in the balance.
“I think we are supporting an elitist group,” McCallion had told council earlier in the day, before departing prior to the 16-5 vote. McCallion had made similar comments about “gold-plated” care in January, when an initial vote was taken to close the centres by this September.
The daycares got a reprieve then, but weren’t spared Thursday, as McCallion argued that the region can no longer afford to serve about 760 subsidized children in the 12 centres while 4,350 remain on a wait list.
Peel Region votes to close its 12 daycare centres - thestar.com