Quebec daycares stage province-wide protests
MONTREAL -Thousands of daycare workers gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal Sunday morning to protest government cuts to subsidized daycares.
According to Parti Québécois leader Pierre-Karl Péladeau, more than 3,000 people showed up to say “no” to the dismantling of Quebec’s child care system.
It was one of 18 protests being held in cities across the province.
“We’re hoping that Monsieur Couillard really looks out his windows, looks out at what is happening in the streets of Quebec today in 18 different cities,” Gina Gasparrini, president of the Quebec Assoication of daycares, said.
Oganizers said they want the government to make families a priority by reinvesting in the provinces network of daycares or Centres de la Petite Enfance (CPE).
“We are here today with all the parents and the workers from the daycares to tell the government that the CPEs really matter in the life of Quebecers,” Gasparrini said. “We want them to abolish the cuts of $120 million.”
The government first advised them of cutbacks in November 2014.
On Thursday, the AQCPE demonstrated in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City and warned of mounting pressure.
The association hopes the newly appointed Family Minsiter Sébastien Proulx will backtrack on his predecessor’s budget cuts.
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