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With the cost of child care mounting and no relief in sight, Laura Mae Lindo stepped down from her role as MPP for Kitchener Centre in the Ontario Legislature earlier this month.

The NDP member spent days at a time at Queen’s Park in Toronto, a 90-minute drive from Kitchener. That left the single mother relying on a network of child-care providers and paying extra for overnight care. 

“I was leaving on Sunday to start work on Monday and didn’t return until Thursday night or Friday morning. Somebody had to basically be me when I was gone,” Lindo told Canadian Affairs in an interview.

Lindo fears the reality of Canada’s current child-care situation pushes mothers who work irregular hours or shifts out of the economy and positions of power.

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Stephanie Babych is a journalist based in Calgary. She was a reporter for the Calgary Herald and Sun for four years, and is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s journalism program. During her time...