TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he won’t budge on his demands as the province negotiates a deal with the federal government on affordable child care.
This week, Alberta became the eighth province to sign on to the federal Liberals’ plan to spend $30 billion over five years to cut child care fees to an average of $10 per day across the country.
Ontario has not yet inked a deal, and the province’s education minister has maintained that the current offer would see Ontario families paying more than $10 per day.
Ford says he won’t “make a deal for the sake of making a deal.”
He says Ontario is looking for more money than is currently on offer and with “minimal strings attached.”
He again asked federal politicians and municipalities — some have considered entering their own talks with Ottawa — to stand with him.
The federal minister of families, children and social development said this week that Ontario had not submitted a plan of how it would spend the federal funds.