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About 40 union and child care activists gathered in front of the prime minister’s residence to protest the Conservative government’s announcement on Monday that federal child care agreements with the provinces will be scrapped.

“We will continue to be vigilant in our opposition to the Tory agenda,” said Jamie Kass, a member of CUPE National Working Group on Child Care and member of CUPE 1979 in Ottawa.

“Child care workers and Canadian parents are victims of political expediency,” she added. “A majority of Canadian voters marked an “x” beside a candidate who supported the federal-provincial child care agreements. It’s criminal that one stroke of the prime minister’s pen can cut short the agreements and deprive Canadian families of much-needed child care services and spaces.”