Minister of Health Needs to Explain How and When Childcare Announcement Will Support Watson Lake Parents

WHITEHORSE – In November 2017, the Watson Lake Daycare shut down due to a lack of support from the government. This followed an attempt by the Official Opposition to have the Minister of Health meet with the Watson Lake Daycare to discuss their issues during the summer – at that time the Minister was “too busy.”

“In November the Minister told Yukoners that she would find an interim solution to help Watson Lake and ensure that the new federal childcare money was made to help Watson Lake parents,” said Patti McLeod Official Opposition Critic for Health and Social Services. “It has now been 93 days since the Minister was asked to help Watson Lake parents and to my knowledge she has not met with the daycare nor has she taken action to help the affected families. Despite this, the Minister took swift action to support families in Whitehorse that were affected by a daycare closure,” added McLeod.

The Minister of Health committed to the following and has yet to provide follow-up:

“I will commit to following up with the daycare in Watson Lake and will certainly hear them out and see what the issues and concerns that they might have are, bring that forward and provide a formal response to the member opposite.”

– Minister Frost (Yukon Legislative Assembly, November 9, 2017)

“The additional resources that we are getting from the federal government will look at providing additional supports to childcare centres. If the Watson Lake daycare is in need of resources to continue their childcare services, then certainly we would be looking at that as an opportunity to bridge that gap.”

– Minister Frost (Yukon Legislative Assembly, November 9, 2017)

“Frost says she will help find an interim solution and she said she’ll work to see that recently announced federal daycare funding is put towards Watson Lake.”

– CBC News (November 10 – Link: https://goo.gl/LTtwq1)

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