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Backlash after Conservative child care tweet

Last Updated Jul 20, 2015 at 6:41 am EDT

A Conservative MP's Tweet about the child care benefit received backlash on Twitter.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre sent out a tweet on Sunday about the increased child care benefit, asking Canadians to let him know when they received a direct deposit.

In a separate message, he also referred to the money as “Christmas in July.”

But the responses were not were not entirely positive.

One mother compared the money, now $160 a month for children under six, to the $90-a-daycost of daycare.

National Post columnist Andrew Coyne compared the message to Santa Claus.

The increased payments are retroactive to the start of the year, meaning the payments this month will be higher than any before: up to $520 for children under six, and up to $420 for every child six to 17.

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