The BC Teachers union says the government has lots of money on hand to pay for a new deal to end the education dispute.
BCTF president Jim Iker says provincial rainy day funds are more than enough to pay teachers wages, benefits, and deal with class size and composition.
“If I’m not mistaken there’s approximately 1 to 2 billion dollars in surpluses and contingencies that they’ve put away for. So this government does have money and they have other options in terms of corporate tax rates.”
Iker says it’s hypocritical for the government to draw an affordability line with teachers.
He says the province found lots of money for cost overruns for the BC Place and the Convention Centre, and they can find money for education.