Different River

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February 16, 2005

“Old White Guys” and Subsidized Child Care

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:42 pm

A 35-year-old woman member of the Canadian Parliament has put 57-year-old man in his place for his position on national system of subsidized child care. From CBC:

OTTAWA – A female Conservative member of Parliament clashed with a male cabinet minister in the House of Commons on Tuesday over how to spend money for child care, saying “old white guys” should not be “telling us what to do.”

Rona Ambrose, the MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, said a poll for the Vanier Institute of the Family had shown “almost 100 per cent of young working moms and dads in Canada” would care for their own children at home if they could afford to do so.

Social Development Minister [They have a "social development minister"? --DR] Ken Dryden is trying to reach an agreement with provinces and territories over a five-year, $5-billion program to subsidize day care for young children.

“We fought long and hard for the right to vote, for the right to participate in universities and the work force, and the right to make our own choices. We don’t need old white guys telling us what to do.”

After the jeers and applause died down, Dryden ignored the MP’s barb.

“The real choice is the opportunities for men and women across the country to have the choice of high quality early learning and child care,” Dryden responded.

Now look at that last quotation — the “real choice” is “to have the choice” (redundant) “of high quality early learning and child care” … or what? I thought “choice” was the right to choose between options, and for that you need at least two of them. Apparently, according to Dryden, there is to be only one “choice” — which is to say, no choice at all. If you want to stay home and take care of your kids, tough on you — Dryden is going to tax you to pay for nationalized child care, and unless you’re independently wealthy you’re going to have to go out and get a job to pay the taxes, so you’ll have to leave your kids with Dryden’s “choice,” not yours.

(Hat tip: Stop the Bleating. Rona Ambrose has a home page here.)

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