If Premier Doug Ford signs on to the $11.8bn federal plan, one of the big questions will be, why hasn’t Ontario signed?
In Ottawa, federal officials promise that if Ontario doesn’t sign on to the federal plan to fund a nationally funded childcare system, it will be on the hook for $4.5bn.
But why is Ontario declining to sign on?
The complex details of that answer mean that it will take a while for full clarity. Our full story can be found here.
Meanwhile, the other provinces, territory and territories have approved the federal deal, and are also trying to figure out how to fund the plan.
In the meantime, Alberta has signed on to the federal plan. But one question is still unanswered: why is Ontario refusing to sign on?
After it became clear that the Ford government would move swiftly to tear up the previous Tory government’s national child care agreement, the federal government threatened to spend billions of dollars on a federally funded childcare system.
What comes next depends on whether Ford decides to act on his campaign promises and scrap the existing program, or whether he decides to forge ahead. Or, more accurately, whether he decides to go to court and challenge the federal plan on equal funding.
Based on who he was running against, Ford should be one of the key political figures in the debate over the federal childcare plan.
But as our timeline shows, he has only taken up the issue in the last few days, after the federal government announced the funding plan.