While the results are not yet firm, one thing is clear — the majority of British Columbians voted for substantial new public investments to make quality child care affordable and widely available.
The child care crisis made headlines during the election campaign and most voters rejected the status quo offered by the BC Liberals. They knew that the crisis would not go away without immediate, decisive action.
Both the NDP and the Green Party, who together won almost 60% of the popular vote, made significant platform commitments to child care. And Premier Clark now says the BC Liberals “are going to work hard with other parties … and accept the message from the voters who clearly want us to do things differently."
This means that the NDP and Greens have the opportunity to push for real change on child care. The first step is for them to commit to working together to build the quality, affordable child care system that British Columbia’s families so clearly want and need.