I will be a father for the first time in September, a few days before the general election in Quebec. As a future parent, I expect to be the target of increasing electoral commitments.
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Dear political formations, be warned: the promise of a new tax credit or an eleventh step aimed at “putting money back into the pockets of families” is not enough to get my vote. Solid proposals, anchored in a long-term perspective, are more likely to attract my attention. Here are some of them, where I invite you to take inspiration.
Double the duration of paternity leave
The vacation reserved for fathers, introduced in Quebec when the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan was implemented in 2006, is a wonderful tool for promoting equal sharing of family responsibilities. Numerous studies have shown the long-term impact of increased fathers ’involvement in the early moments of a newborn’s life on their involvement in long-term family life.
If today Quebec fathers stand out as the most invested in the country, a significant imbalance remains in terms of taking shared parental leave.
This imbalance has the particular effect of slowing down the professional development of women who have to put up their careers for months, or even years, in order to take care of their children. By doubling the duration of paternity leave, which is currently five weeks, Quebec will be based on a strong scientific consensus and will be able to catch up with the member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where the average duration of leave is it’s 10 weeks. .
The entire network of child care educational services is subsidized
Quebec currently faces a significant shortage of places in child care educational services. Although the government has promised to complete the network by 2025, it has remained skeptical about the fate reserved for unpaid private daycare.
However, nearly a quarter of the network is currently not subsidized, raising major equity issues among Quebec families.
In fact, although fees paid for non-subsidized child care services are eligible for a tax credit, a gap remains between the net value of an area in services. in subsidized and non-subsidized child care. In addition, due to lack of resources, a significant gap in the quality of services offered can be seen. However, according to experts, the quality of services is important, because it has a direct impact on the development of children, especially the most vulnerable. In this context, a project to convert non-subsidized environments into subsidized environments is essential. Particular attention to the quality of education should fully guide such a project.
Launch an education commission in Quebec
Recent debates around the cry from the heart of Gregory Charles and the plan proposed by the École ensemble movement to reform the school system, again, have emphasized the need to collectively reflect on our education system. Despite a wealth of scientific literature and an abundance of conclusive data, Quebec is having a hard time-between electoral contests-to address the important issues of school dropouts, the professional departure of teachers and the segregation of students between private networks, selective public and “regular” public. We are certainly ripe for deep reflection, guided by experts and in a non-partisan context, that will give Quebec a new perspective on the field of education.
These measures, and many others, such as the change in labor standards to increase the number of days of paid leave for family obligations, have the similarity that they have a structural and long -term impact on the lives of family. It’s these kinds of proposals – rather than the promise of a new check – that are likely to get my attention in the coming months. Good campaign!