Letter: Early childhood educators should get Trudeau’s nanny rate

The nanny hired to care for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s three children has been given a full-time government salary.

We are told that this represents, “a slight pay increase.” I suspect that she also gets board.

The moves were revealed in an order in council issued last week, which sets Marian Pueyo’s annual pay between just less than $40,000 to more than $45,000, retroactive to the beginning of April.

“This first raise since 2015 and is in line with the cost of living increase,” we are told.

Related: Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week.

That represents an increase from November 2015, when an order to hire Pueyo as a “special assistant” was first issued and pegged her pay range from $15 to $20 per hour for days and $11 to $13 per hour for night shifts.

For taking care of three kids she gets $5 to $6 an hour more than an ECE working in a daycare taking care of eight kids and having to do extra hours because of the nature of the job.

ECEs would – well, not kill, but darned near – for this wage, and their increases are generally 25 to 50 cents an hour, which is therefore not in line with the cost-of-living increase.

If it’s good enough for their nanny, why is it too good for all the other childcare workers in Canada?

Richard Smiley


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

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