The Alberta NDP is sticking with an election promise to increase the province’s minimum wage, and the idea’s received a bevy of mixed reactions.
But the plan stated in NDP leader Rachel Notley’s election campaign — which over the course of three years would raise wages in Alberta from $10.20 to $15 per hour — is a positive step and done right will show other provinces that a higher minimum wage won’t cause the sky to fall, says economist Sheila Block.
“I think if we can see that kind of minimum wage increase in Alberta, then we could absolutely see it in other provinces,” Block, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, told Yahoo Canada News.
“It’s really an important step forward in terms of decreasing inequality in Canada…a great way to decrease inequality is to raise people up who are at the bottom,” Block said. “That’s what an increase like that to the minimum wage would do.”
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