Friday, March 03, 2006

Okay, one tiny victory ... now let's raise the rates

No child-care benefit clawbacks in Ontario: McGuinty
CBC News

The Ontario government announced it will not claw back the federal government's proposed child-care benefit from social assistance and disability cheques.

During Wednesday's question period, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province will not deduct the federal government's proposed child-care allowance of $1,200 a year for every child under the age of six from support cheques.

Earlier this week, a cabinet minister refused to rule out such a deduction.

The provincial government already deducts the National Child Benefit Supplement, despite McGuinty's campaign promise to end the supplement clawback.

So far, he has just capped it at the 2003 rate.

McGuinty stressed that he is focused on trying to save the existing child-care agreement made with the Paul Martin's Liberal government, and urged all three provincial parties to band together on this issue.

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