Mr. Harper indicated, after a meeting with children and parents in the Province of British Columbia today, that his Government is prepared to bring in legislation to implement the strategy — whether or not the support of the opposition in parties in relation to that strategy can be secured. The Prime Minister has indicated that the strategy is to be embedded in the next budget — the defeat thereof would, by convention, trigger another election.
If the budget were to be passed by the Commons, then it would move on the Senate (which is dominated by sixty-six members of the Liberal Party of Canada ), where the worst-case scenario for the Government would be the rather short delay of the passage of the budget (since Senators do not have the right to force an Act under the recommendation of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean , C.C. , C.M.M. , C.O.M. , C.D. , the Governor General of Canada — her recommendation is required for any measures which would appropriate funds, such as the budget).
Therefore, the fate of the Government rests with the Commons (as is the prerogative of the Commons), and I would suggest that the Government is tempting that prerogative by preparing to introduce measures (which they know, at no surprise, could be defeated by the opposition parties). I would suggest that the Government should reconsider its stance on this issue, and recognize that a majority of the citizens of Canada voted for parties who would not have pushed for a taxed direct-payment method of child care program.
Office of the Prime Minister of Canada[/color]]During the roundtable with parents and children, the Prime Minister discussed the components of the new government's universal child care plan - an allowance that will deliver a direct payment of $1200 per year, per child under the age of six to parents, and a space creation plan that will seek input from Parliament on how to best produce real spaces for real child care for all Canadians.
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