On a recent trip to Ottawa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared the stage with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland during the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual convention. Clinton praised the Canadian government’s policy agenda, including the introduction of a $10 a-day national child care program. Freeland first introduced the five-year, $30 billion (CAD) national child care program as part of the 2021 Federal budget, declaring, “There is agreement, across the political spectrum, that early learning and child care is the national economic policy we need now.” Months before the federal budget speech, numerous news and opinion articles declared that Canada was in a pandemic-induced ‘she-cession,”— a term that found its way into the federal budget. There would be no economic recovery, particularly for women, we were told, without national child care. To quote the other Clinton’s 1992 campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

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