B.C. Greens and NDP at odds over renters’ rebate and child care

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BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says two noticeable omissions from Monday’s budget update will remain off the table if the policies don’t change.

Weaver said his party has a different approach to the $400 renters’ rebate and $10-a-day child care promised by the NDP.

“What the NDP promised in their election campaign is not really relevant to the situation today,” said Weaver.

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The Greens say they, like the NDP, want substantial investments in child care, but their plan offers parents more options.

Their promises include free child care for children under the age of three who have working parents, as well as free preschool for three- and four-year-olds.

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They also support up to $500 a month for families with a stay-at-home parent and children under the age of two.

But the Green’s plan would cost $220 million, which would rise to $1.46 billion by 2020-21.

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That is more than the $175 million the NDP promised towards child care during Monday’s budget update.

The Greens say their plan would be paid for with budget deficits.

As for the renters’ rebate, Weaver said the party is against the idea.

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