In response to Norm

response to MLA Norm Macdonald

Dear Editor:

Norm, when will you ever start listening to reality and facts.

The reading public were not born yesterday.  Isn’t  it amazing that our school teachers don’t have any understanding of economics.   In B.C., the average salary for a school teacher is a high of $71, 831 in school district #20, Kootenay Columbia to a low of $63,869 in school district  84 Vancouver Island West.  Ontario pays the highest average salary of $75,688, Alberta second at $74,299, and B.C. third at $72,242.  Alberta placed number one in literacy scores and B.C. came in second.  (info from and

Now Susan Lambert of the B.C. teachers federation says that B.C. teachers are underpaid to that of Ontario and Alberta.  Now the economics.  Ontario’s tax rate is 5.05 percent, the lowest in Canada with a population of 13,210,667.  B.C.’s tax rate is 5.06 percent, second lowest in Canada with a population of 4,510,858.  Reason B.C. does not pay the same is because Ontario has 8,699,809 more taxpayers.  Alberta’s tax rate is 10.0 percent with a population of 3,724,832.  Alberta collects much more in taxes from taxpayers than B.C. does.  Susan Lambert must realize that it is the taxpayers that pay school teacher wages.  In B.C. if she thinks that the present government should adjust the teachers’ wages to that of Ontario and Alberta, then the B.C. taxpayers just have to pay more taxes.  She has to realize that.

And now to the average B.C. working person.  Your teachers in B.C. on average are paid $63,869 to $71,831, with a total working days of 188 after all professional days, stat holidays, Xmas and Easter breaks, and summer holidays are taken into account.

You on the other hand will work 238 days after stat holidays, and an average of 15 days vacation time are taken into account, with nowhere near the amount of these salaries.

Now review the above, and think to yourselves is it fair that you the taxpayer should sweeten the teachers’ pay package with higher taxes.  In summary, Susan Lambert has to take into account, that with the present salary structure, along goes all that time off without ever affecting the pay cheque.  It is amazing that these university graduate people are teaching our kids and yet they cannot understand the above economics.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan, B.C.


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