Frustrated parents pushed strollers Saturday to push the B.C. Liberals into supporting $10-a-day child care.

Sharon Gregson, spokeswoman for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C., said dozens of parents concerned by B.C.’s “child-care crisis” participated in the “Vancouver Stroller Brigade.” They marched upon B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton’s office, pushing their children in strollers, to let the minister know they want $10-a-day child care to solve the problem.

“We chose her office because she is a woman with power and influence as attorney general in the province,” Gregson said. “We wanted to tell her the childcare experiences of mothers in the crowd and ask her to be a child-care champion.”

Gregson said the grassroots action came after a coffee-shop conversation between B.C. moms who decided they wanted to let all politicians know their stance on affordable child care. Saturday’s brigade took place just before an opening celebration at Anton’s Fraserview election campaign office.

Gregson said that the rally had already wrapped up by the time Anton arrived at her office Saturday. Anton did not return requests for comment before deadline.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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