The UCP’s failure to get a federal agrmt for $10/day child care signed before the election - something 8 other jurisdictions managed to do - is an epic failure of leadership by @jkenney.

And let’s be clear - this was the intent all along. 🧵#ableg
From the beginning, @jkenney deliberately mischaracterized the federal funding, falsely claiming it was only for “9-5, urban, institutionalized, union-run” child care & excluded for-profit providers. None of that was true. And they knew that. #ableg
When Albertans overwhelmingly expressed they desperately wanted & needed $10/day child care, they backed down a little and had @rebeccakschulz peddle out some word-salad stmts about being willing to negotiate. But that wasn’t true either. #ableg
Instead, they quietly rolled out an RFP for an analysis on increasing subsidies for child care, which is not the same as a universal $10/day child care program. The expected due date for the report was Sept 20, 2021. Which means they never planned to sign a deal before that.
Then they tried to pass off the renewal of an existing one-year bilateral agrmt for $45 million w/ the feds as some kind of breakthrough. It isn’t. #ableg…
They then feigned outrage Quebec signed a deal w/ no conditions because - guess what? - Quebec’s child care system already meets the conditions. Average child care fees below $10/day in licensed child care. A far cry from what we have in Alberta, esp after 2 years of the UCP.
And in their outrage, @rebeccakschulz admitted that when she said they’d been “negotiating” w/ the feds, it meant they’d *twice* put forward a position they knew would not be accepted. Because they refused to commit to lowering fees for parents & supporting licensed child care.
After pretending they’d been negotiating in good faith all along, it was revealed that the UCP only expressed general interest in meeting the conditions of the funding just over a week ago. #ableg……
In the meantime, eight - eight! - other provinces & territories managed to secure an agrmt to bring substantial funding to their economies & families for $10/day child care. This includes @jkenney’s buddy Scott Moe in Saskatchewan, frequent foe of the fed govt. #ableg
The Alberta NDP did the work for the UCP back in July outlining the terms of an agrmt that would mean $3.4 billion in fed funding over 5 years, bring down fees by 50% by 2022 & to $10/day by 2026. #ableg
BC - the 1st province to sign an agrmt - will begin to receive billions in fed funding in a few weeks.

But Alberta? At this point, we’d be lucky if it happens before Christmas (and that’s only if the UCP actually sign a deal). #ableg
Every single day the UCP has delayed is passing up $1.1 million in investments in our economy & Alberta families. We are now surrounded by provinces that are on their way to $10/day child care, making Alberta a less attractive place for families. #ableg
Alberta families are losing an avg $800/month in savings on child care w/ the UCP’s delays. Our early childhood educator workforce has been devastated. Children have fewer quality early learning opportunities. #ableg…
And at the same time, child care centres that serve the most vulnerable children and families in our province - the ones the UCP claim they care about - are shutting down because the UCP ended the $25/day child care program. #ableg
The UCP have created this mess and the failure to reach a deal with the federal govt by now to make a transformational investment in our economy and families rests 100% on @jkenney. We always knew politics & ideology means more to him than Albertans. This is the proof. #ableg

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15 Aug
As signs point to a fed election being called very shortly, I’m honestly a little shocked the UCP actually played the kind of craven political games I suspected they would with the fed child care deal (worth $3.8 billion to Alberta). #ableg
I know this sounds naive as an Opposition MLA, but there’s still a part of me that thinks “come on…they may surprise me.” Honestly. Even after the last 2 years.

Because even if I never expected them to do it because it’s the right thing to do (that ship sailed long ago)…
I keep thinking about how so many people kept saying (back in 2019, when I was a newbie to politics) that Kenney was some kind of political genius. That he was incredible at strategy.
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1 Mar
A silver lining of the pandemic has been the consensus around child care as sound economic policy.

Of course, this wasn't news to many. There's no greater barrier to women's workforce participation than lack of child care.

But now everyone was talking about it. 🧵#ableg
Back in the early days of the pandemic, @ArmineYalnizyan talked about the "she-cession" effect and that child care was key for economic recovery. Many other noted Cdn economists shared this call for child care to be at the forefront of recovery.…
Too many names to list, but I began following many who were regularly talking about this like @JenniferRobson8, @tammyschirle, @LindsayTedds, @mikalskuterud. Even noted conservative economist @KenBoessenkool was talking about prioritizing child care.…
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28 Jan
The UCP has won its legal battle against a former foster child, now single mother, to go ahead with cutting 500+ young people who grew up in govt care from supports to transition them to adulthood.

If this sounds cruel, it's because it is. 🧵#ableg…
These are young people who experienced significant trauma & by the very fact of growing up in care, don't have the natural family or financial supports needed to transition successfully. Supports were available until the age of 24 before the UCP cut it to age 22. #ableg
Let's take a moment to let it sink in that not only does the UCP wants to save $ on the backs of vulnerable young people, but they fought hard & spent significant resources to do it. At no point did they pause to reconsider whether this was the moral thing to do. #ableg
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27 Jan
Today, Minister @rebeccakschulz announced an additional $11.4 million of *federal dollars* for Alberta’s child care sector. Additional funding to support the sector is critical as many are struggling.

But let’s be clear about what this funding announcement means. #ableg
1) It's not provincial $$. It’s federal $$ taken from the remaining $25/day programs. They were only told they would lose this funding 3 weeks ago after having been refused approval to use it for its intended purpose - to improve quality of programming for their families. #ableg
2) Children’s Services continues to sit on ~$100-150 million of unspent dollars in their current childcare budget. The Minister has acknowledged she has unspent $$ in her budget but won’t say what or if she plans to invest it in Alberta’s child care sector.
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19 Jan
When the amended Early Learning & Child Care Act and Regulations are finally made available for all to see, here's some things to keep in mind:


#ableg #abpoli
The UCP eliminated accreditation last year, quality standards for child care. @rebeccakschulz committed to addressing it in the new legislation. That didn't happen. I tabled an amendment to expressly include quality standards in the legislation. The UCP voted that down. #ableg
I tabled amendments to recognize affordability & inclusiveness as critical for families, the important role of qualified & supported educators, children's right to access quality early learning & the importance of indigenous families & educators. The UCP voted these down. #ableg
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3 Jan
I've been an elected official for the same amount of time as the 5 (so far) UCP MLAs who decided that taking a warm vacation while telling Albertans to stay home was OK.

I've spent the last few days trying to figure out how in the world they came to that conclusion. #ableg

When you enter politics, you know your actions will rightfully be subject to public scrutiny. Not just because there's more attention, but also because you've asked the public to place their trust in you. You're expected to lead by example. Never more so than during a crisis.
Every day, I have moments where I reflect on my actions. Sometimes I'm sure I got it wrong. But the importance of that reflection has been heightened during the pandemic. It's brand new to all of us, I need to not only be seen to do the right thing, but I have to lead by example.
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