Min­i­mum wage should be fair to all

Re: “No mat­ter who gov­erns, $15 an hour min­i­mum wage is likely here to stay,” Rob Break­en­ridge, Opin­ion, Sept. 12.

Calgary Herald - - OPIN­ION -

I do not nec­es­sar­ily agree that Premier Rachel Not­ley’s ran­domly-ar­rived-at min­i­mum wage is set in stone. Ger­many, for ex­am­ple, has a far more eq­ui­table method of ap­ply­ing min­i­mum wages, so there are op­tions.

Im­me­di­ately rolling back the min­i­mum wage to an ar­bi­trary num­ber would be just as fool­ish as Not­ley’s de­ci­sion was to roll it for­ward to an ar­bi­trary num­ber. Putting for­ward a col­lab­o­ra­tive plan (oops, col­lab­o­ra­tive leaves the NDP out, as they have no grasp of the con­cept) to come up with an Al­berta num­ber that is fair and eq­ui­table to both em­ployer and em­ployee would be a huge first step in un­do­ing the harm caused by the NDP’s mis­han­dling of this is­sue.

Once there is a re­searched and fact-based wage num­ber, ap­ply it and re­view it pe­ri­od­i­cally.

As for deal­ing with poverty; get­ting rid of Not­ley’s other mis­be­got­ten poli­cies and taxes ( her beloved car­bon/sales tax, for ex­am­ple) will help low-in­come peo­ple far more than cut­ting their hours or mak­ing them un­em­ploy­able. Dar­ren Cameron, Cal­gary


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