Rogers seeks firm answer from Minister on minimum wage
Yesterday in the House of Assembly’s question period, and afterwards speaking with reporters, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills indicated he might hold public consultations on the province’s minimum wage, and that the minimum wage might be rising. Today in Question Period in the House, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers sought some clarification.
“Yesterday the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills mused about indexing the province’s minimum wage, currently the lowest in Canada. The starting point for indexing is critical,” Rogers said.
“The cost of living has gone up significantly, I ask the Minister, will he commit to recovering this lost ground for low income workers as a starting point for indexing?”
Rogers says that if indexing is begun at a point where minimum wage earners are earning below the poverty line, government will be dooming them to poverty forever.
“Minimum wage earners spend every cent of their hard earned income in the local economy, creating economic activity that benefits local businesses and their employees,” she said.
“I ask the Premier, will he commit to making the minimum wage a living wage that will allow low income workers to make a decent living while contributing to the local economy?
Rogers says that the 2016 review must be more than a cursory lookover by the Minister, but should include real public consultations and a public report. She’s looking for clarification on when the review will happen and what form it will take.