It’s the Principle!
December 15, 2015
OTTAWA: Before the campaign started, Justin Trudeau told Canadians that “wealthy families…like mine” didn’t need the government to help pay for their childcare. During the campaign he repeatedly attacked our Conservative ‘Enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and income splitting for families, arguing rich families like his didn’t need taxpayers’ help. He even promised to give his annual UCCB payments of about $3,400 for his three children to charity.
We have now learned that Canadian taxpayers are paying the wages of two nannies hired to care for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s three children. In fact, the day Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn in, November 4th, one of his “first official acts” was to approve the hiring of two nannies. Each nanny will be paid $15 to $20 an hour during the day and $11 to $13 an hour for night shifts. That’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Leading up to the Oct 19th general election, Mr. Trudeau vowed to scrap the Conservative UCCB and replace it with a means-tested program his party has since named the Canada Child Benefit.
My questions is this: Why is he having taxpayers pay for his nannies? He said he was rich. He said he didn’t need the money. Prime Minister Trudeau, why are Canadians footing the bill for your children’s nannies after you hammered our Conservative Party when we were government for handing out benefits, such as a new universal childcare benefit, to wealthy families, including your own?