Illegal border crosser's human rights complaint over day care is an insult

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

October 2, 2018

There are several prevailing myths, pushed by leftist politicians and the mainstream media, about the tens of thousands of foreigners illegally crossing into Canada from upstate New York.

We’re told these people are refugees, fleeing war, terrorism and persecution. We’re told that crossing the border illegally — where there are large signs saying “it is illegal to cross the border here” — isn’t really illegal, because refugees are excused from our laws given their extraordinary circumstances.

We’re told these asylum seekers are desperate, and grateful for the very opportunity to be in a safe and free country like Canada.

And, we’re told that refugees are good for the Canadian economy; that most refugees eventually contribute more than they receive in handouts and freebies.

But then we see headlines like the following, buried in CBC’s local Quebec coverage, that bust the narrative and show a different side of the situation.

“Asylum seekers file human rights complaint over lack of access to Quebec subsidized day care: Without access to advance tax credits, claimants say they’ll have to stay home to care for children.”

The story is about a Haitian family who came to Canada and filed a refugee application in July 2017.

Haiti is a safe country, according to the feds, and Canada ended its protected status for Haitians in 2016. A Liberal minister recently stated that “a bit more than 90%” of asylum seekers from Haiti are ultimately rejected.

Regardless, this family was let into Canada and given the opportunity to test our refugee system. They then had a baby and tried to enrol the child into one of Quebec’s government-run day-care facilities.

These government day-care facilities have a policy, though: their coveted $7-per-day spots are reserved for Canadian citizens, legal residents and those with refugee status. Thus, this family was denied a spot.

They’re not alone.

Quebec’s day-care program is a cautionary tale of what happens when the government tries to take over the child-care business. This $2.4 billion-a-year program is plagued by limited spots and long wait-lists. Despite being called a “universal program,” only 35% of Quebec children in day care have a spot at a government facility — the rest pay full market price.

Rather than looking for alternative day-care options, or perhaps having the couple working opposite hours so they can look after their child, these asylum seekers decided to sue the government through our Orwellian human rights kangaroo courts.

For those who allegedly fled war and persecution, the idea that government subsidized day care is a “human right” seems absurd. But that is exactly what this family is arguing.

“It’s a matter of human rights, it’s a matter of equal chances, equality for the children,” said the couple’s activist lawyer.

But 65% of Quebec children in day care do not have a spot in these heavily-subsidized facilities. This isn’t about equality, it’s about seeking special treatment.

Every family with small children has to make choices. Many Canadian mothers happily choose to stay home to care for their children, others make sacrifices, they delay or pause their own careers, and learn to get by on a single income.

Using private day care or having one parent stay home with an infant is hardly a “human-rights” abuse. Claiming so much is an insult to hard-working Canadian families who make it work.

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