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.
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