Alberta Politics
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley surrounded by supporters at yesterday’s rally in Edmonton (Photo: Marshall Boyd, used with permission).

It sure sounds as if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will announce an affordable child-care plan for Alberta today.

At any rate, at a rally in downtown Edmonton’s Polish Hall yesterday afternoon, she boldly told more than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters – who sounded like an Oilers crowd back in the days this place was known as the City of Champions – that if it’s re-elected, her NDP government is flat-out going to fix the problem of unaffordable child care in Alberta.

“Too many young families face sky-high costs for child care,” she said, adding that “some reports say child care costs in Alberta are higher than anywhere in the country,” rivalling mortgage payments and rent.

“They stand as a major barrier to people buying their first home,” she stated. They “keep too many young women out of the workforce.”

So, stand by, “we’re going to fix this problem and make life a lot more affordable for young families.”

The United Conservative Party Opposition led by Jason Kenney, which we have been told interminably by mainstream media is leading Ms. Notley’s NDP Government comfortably in the polls, will argue we can’t afford such fripperies when we need to give huge tax breaks to profitable foreign corporations and spend big money on constitutionally meaningless referenda.

Well, it’ll be interesting to see if Alberta voters continue to swallow that line…

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