"This is just the extension of a government policy that is bound and determined to have our children raised by the state rather than raised by us," MacLeod, a leadership candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, told the Ontario Legislature this week.
This "babysitting bureaucracy" will "eliminate parental choice" and "parental responsibility," added the MPP for Nepean-Carleton, who went on to suggest that creating a $15-a-day child care program for working parents is equivalent to the government seizing babies "at six months old and put[ting] them into an institutionalized setting until they're 18."
Just to be clear, MacLeod added, "they think it is the government’s job to look after your child. And in so doing, they take away your obligations as a parent."
"I, as a Progressive Conservative, believe that the best person to look after your child is you."
MacLeod made the comments during a debate in the Ontario legislature on a motion tabled by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath to encourage the province to pursue a $15-a-day child care agreement with the federal government. The motion passed with support of the Liberals.