April 19, 2006


PM's daycare election dare (TONDA MACCHARLES, 4/19/06, Toronto Star)

With his government's crucial first budget just weeks away, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking dead aim at his political foes, all but daring them to bring down the minority government.

At a children's playgroup in the urban sprawl that surrounds downtown Vancouver, Harper challenged his opponents to vote against the Tory plan to give parents of pre-schoolers a $1,200 cheque, and warned he would be happy to fight an election over it.

"We know this is popular," said Harper. "We are going to proceed with it. It will be in the budget. So I hope the opposition considers the alternatives very carefully," the Prime Minister said as children shrieked in the background.

"Make no mistake about it: We will take that commitment back to Canadians if we have to."

Nothing could suit him better than a chance to boost his majority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2006 8:28 AM
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