Newly-minted MPP Rob Leone is hoping to offer some political clout to help parents crying foul over local school boards’ handling of extended daycare programs.

The Cambridge and North Dumfries MPP introduced a private member’s bill in the provincial legislature Wednesday to garner support in his bid to prevent public and Catholic schools from taking before- and after-school daycare programs away from third-party childcare providers already established in schools.

In addition to proposing his bill entitled Protection of Child Care Centres Act, Leone also presented a 1,000-signature petition from parents who argue their opposition to the changes have fallen on deaf ears.

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