Available evidence demonstrates that, despite the province’s financial affairs being in good order, the NDP Government is satisfied to keep school teacher salaries close to the lowest paid in any Canadian province.
Either they’ve fallen for the neoliberal myth that public education should not be a financial priority, or they are worried that potential voters are so persuaded.
Government is OK with paying 7-figure salaries to people who look after money and 6-figure salaries to MLAs and guardians of property. But paying decent remuneration to people educating our children is anathema.
I asked this question five years ago. It remains valid.
If I presented you a professional who holds three university degrees, one a masters, a variety of professional development certificates and has 22 years of faultless experience, what would you say that person should expect to earn in salary?
If I told you that professional is a teacher, would your answer change?