OTTAWA – A national child-care program is among the top priorities for the Liberals in the next election platform and any future government, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff vowed this morning.
Ignatieff acknowledged, however, that delivering on a national child-care program will be difficult if Canada remains mired in deficit — a condition that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has already forecast to last another five years.
"How you phase it in depends on what these guys leave in the till — and they've spent the cupboard bare," Ignatieff said. "It's a very clear commitment... It's a legacy issue for the Liberal party."
Not that this is a bad idea. Far from it. But it takes me back to the old days, when Kurt Cobain was still alive and I could go to a rock show and not feel like I was a leering old perv, or that the youth of today ought to be smacked in the head for their nose-rings and tattoos and stupid green hair.
In short, the Liberal party has been promising a national health-care program for the majority of my adult life (even down to the "we'll only do it if finances permit" escape clause). Again, not that that's necessarily bad--Conservatives haven't changed their message since Og clubbed Thag with a stone axe--but if anyone sneakily suspects that nothing will come of it just like all the other times the same promise has been made, well, their cynicism is understandable.