Children can't vote. And yet they are the ones who in many ways stand to gain or lose as a result of elections.
The Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.cps.ca/english/index.htm publishes a document called "Are We Doing Enough: A Status Report on Canadian Public Policy and Child and Youth Health http://www.cps.ca/English/Advocacy/StatusReport.htm. It is a document that they refer voters to in any election as something to consider when voting. They also ask for others to advocate on their behalf and on behalf of children. I guess that's what I'm trying to do through this blog post.
The following are a series of statements made in the Report. They focus readers on what Canadian and provincial governments are doing and where we are in terms of how we look after our children (and I use the term "our" collectively).
- Poor children are at greater risk of low birth weight...and poor physical and emotional health as they get older. They tend to have more behavioural issues and achieve lower levels of education, further increasing their chances of lifelong poverty as adults.
- Access to quality child care is not equally available to all families. A Montreal-based survey showed that children four to five years of age who were in low-quality centres were significantly more likely to come from lower socioeconomic status families.
- The Canadian Paediatric Society believes that early learning and child care must be universal, affordable, accessible and of high-quality.
- The CPS calls upon all levels of government to set targets and timetables, and to engage in widespread social and political collaboration to significantly reduce child and youth poverty.