We got a lovely look into what the Conservative government thinks real families should look like in the news today. Stable homes, where parents are really invested in their children’s futures include one parent – preferably the mother of course – who stays home with the children.
From Jason Kenney:
“All of the social research indicates that folks who come from stable families tend to be better in terms of their economic prospects and that income splitting supports the families who are investing in their kids,” Kenney told a gathering of conservative thinkers earlier this year.
It doesn’t matter that this 1950s view of a family can’t really work in 2014 except for those who are fortunate enough to have one partner earning a very large salary – like MPs, who earn around $160,000 per year, with Ministers of the Crown earning even more.
In our home, and I know we are certainly not alone, we couldn’t get by unless both of us were earning. That’s just the way it is now. Prices are going up all the time and one salary just doesn’t cut it. Particularly when the average Canadian is earning around $48,000. Note that the median national income for lone-parent families is $39,350 – another great argument for a national daycare program since our daycare cost us about $14,000 per year, meaning a single parent paying the same would have only around $25,000 left over for food, shelter, transportation, etc., just over $2,000 per month.
Of course the Conservatives would seem to be telling us that single parents don’t really care about their children anyway, no giving them a stable home and not investing in their future like the good, married parents.