7 Things You Can’t Say in Canada

Influential columnist Margaret Wente shares her controversial opinion on seven sacred Canadian cows most dare not criticize.

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5. A National Daycare Program Won't Do a Thing To Help Poor Kids

Cheap national daycare! Who could be against it? It’s supposed to give kids a better start in life, and nobody can object to that. But in Quebec, where the program started, universal daycare has turned out to be nothing more than a giant (and extremely costly) subsidy for relatively well-heeled middle-class parents. Few poor parents use the system.

No doubt convenient daycare is a godsend for many. But so far there is no definitive evidence that kids who go to daycare go on to do better in school or in life. So if we want to invest billions in helping kids, why are we spending it on the kids who need help the least?

 

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