OTTAWA — The Liberals are attempting to shake off questions about two taxpayer-funded nannies who provide care for Justin Trudeau’s three young children.
The prime minister’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, says Trudeau will be adapting his staff complement to suit his family’s requirements.
This means the Trudeau caregivers are not additional full-time hires at the prime minister’s residence.
The nannies, considered special assistants under the Official Residences Act, have been hired for $15 to $20 an hour during the day and $11 to $13 at night — a fee nanny associations say reflects the average rate.
Opposition parties have raised questions about why Canadians are footing the bill for Trudeau’s child care after he hammered the previous Conservative government for handing out benefits, such as a new universal child-care benefit, to wealthy families, including his own.