As the federal government goes about making good its promise to invest in early learning and child care, perhaps it is not surprising to hear voices of dissent raising many of the old arguments against such a move. There are groups and individuals who continue to equate publicly funded child care with Soviet-style state socialism. It is important to avoid such distortions and recognize that early learning and child care, sensitively planned, is one piece in a mix of policies to support families in their varied needs and situations.
The National Council of Welfare estimated that in 1996 the federal treasury lost over $2 billion in revenue by not converting the RRSP and RPP deductions into tax credits as it had done with the Canada and Quebec Pension Plan premiums. Today the figure amounts to more than $3 billion annually.