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April 22, 2021  

Federal Budget 2021 (S03 E06)

April 22, 2021

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Feature Guests: Andrea Mrozek, Senior Fellow at Cardus, and Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus

There are many memorable lines from the movie The Princess Bride. But one especially notable line is the following: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. The word in question? Feminist. The federal government has introduced its first budget in two years, calling Budget 2021 a “feminist” budget especially because of its promised national daycare system. But that “feminist” label doesn’t make sense to one of our feature guests, Andrea Mrozek, a senior fellow in family research at think tank Cardus.

“I find it insulting that we focus on mothers of young children as being the key new contributors to the economy when they have so much work on their plates already,” Mrozek tells The Long Way podcast.

Together with Brian Dijkema, vice-president of external affairs at Cardus, we analyze key parts of Budget 2021 – like child care and new measures related to the charitable sector – while also examining some of the cultural questions the budget raises.

If you’re looking for more information on the issues we discussed in this podcast, here’s where you can find out more:

What does good child care policy look like for Canada?

Is Canadian child care really in crisis right across the country?

Is Quebec a model of high-quality, affordable child care?

What should the federal government have done in Budget 2021 to help charities?

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