Oh look, I was right, his platform is ready, he does have a daycare plan, and it is geared to income.
"I think there is a need for national leadership to make sure that early learning and child care happens, it's just that the actual model put forward by Mr. Mulcair benefits wealthy families as much as it benefits those who actually need it," he added...
Trudeau is staying mum for now, promising to share more in the coming months, but he was clear it would be different from the NDP's pledge of a $15 a day national child-care plan....
Asking wealthier Canadians to contribute more — whether it's potentially for child-care spaces or through the Liberals' proposed tax bracket for those who earn over $200,000 — was the running theme for Trudeau in the interview with Solomon.
Trudeau also expanded upon his planned monthly child benefit, which would roll together and enrich two existing benefits that are geared to income — the Canada child tax benefit and the national child benefit supplement — into a single, more generous payment that would give families up to $6,400 annually for every child under six and up to $5,400 for children aged six to 17.
He is also promising to do away with the Conservative's universal child-care benefit, arguing it makes no sense for rich and poor families to receive the same amount of money.
"Our child benefit goes directly to the families who need it the most," he said, dismissing criticism his plan wouldn't do enough to help the working poor.
"We're giving $6,400 a year to any family with a family income under $30,000," he said, adding the benefit amount would be tied to family income and would gradually disappear at higher income levels....
"We will have plenty more to say about students, seniors, low-income singles and a range of people in the coming weeks and months," he said.
Just like the NDP, Trudeau is not announcing all measures at once. Now that we are in the six month run-up he is beginning to give the media something to talk about.
The risk for Trudeau was peaking too early and over-exposure. He prefers to be under-estimated. He and his team have had the time to develop a strong platform and he has had time to master its defence.
Trudeau isn't denying that he is not part of the middle-class. He is emphasizing his privelege by stating that families like his don't need subsidies. His family doesn't need 15$ a day daycare. His family can afford to pay higher taxes.
I think that will resonate with people as much as Mulcair's "I'm just a middle class fellow like you" spiel especially when coupled with self-directed tax increases.