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Opposition parties united Nov. 21 to adopt Bill C-303, an NDP-sponsored bill that would create a national child care system.

The second reading vote is an important step on the way to become law. The bill need to pass a third vote, be approved by the Senate and then be proclaimed into law.

C-303, the Early Learning and Child Care Act, would ensure that federal investments in child care would be made only in high quality, affordable, accessible, and non-profit early learning and child care services.

The Bill would also require accountability from provinces on how the money is spent.

C-303 will return to Parliament for a third reading vote in February 2008.