Wage in­crease not nearly enough

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Last week, the McNeil Lib­er­als an­nounced that the min­i­mum wage in Nova Sco­tia would in­crease from $10.65 to $10.80 an hour on April 1.

That’s right: 15 cents. A nickel and a dime.

We don’t need to be talk­ing about 15 cents; we should be talk­ing about $15.

Nova Sco­tia has the se­cond low­est weekly wages in Canada. We have 130,000 peo­ple work­ing for less than $15 an hour. That’s 130,000 peo­ple work­ing for a wage that at 40 hours a week doesn’t give you enough for food, heat and rent – never mind think­ing about fill­ing pre­scrip­tions, fix­ing your glasses, or go­ing to the den­tist.

This is a prob­lem with a so­lu­tion. The NDP govern­ment in Al­berta is in the mid­dle of a three-year pha­sein of a $15 min­i­mum wage in or­der to ad­dress these prob­lems. We, too, can do this.

Nova Sco­tia de­serves $15. It makes more sense than a nickel and a dime. Gary Bur­rill Hal­i­fax Nova Sco­tia NDP leader

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