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O’Toole Upholds Childcare Plan, Trudeau Focuses on Climate on Campaign Trail

With less than a week to go before election day, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole touted a new childcare policy, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau placed emphasis on climate change during campaign stops on Sept. 14. O’Toole promoted his party’s childcare policy at a press conference in Russell, Ont., after announcing Sept. 13 that the Conservatives will replace the childcare expense deduction with a refundable tax credit. The plan would allow parents to claim up to $8,000 in eligible annual expenses per child under seven years old, and up to $5,000 per child between the ages of seven and 15. While the lowest-income families could have up to 75 percent of the costs covered, it would drop to a minimum of 26 percent as incomes rise. O’Toole said he will create a “federalism of partnership” when asked about his letter to Quebec Premier Francois Legault, promising to negotiate an agreement to allow Quebec …

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