Liv­ing wage cheaper in the long run

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Bish­ops: Liv­ing wage is a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity (Feb. 14)

On Valen­tine’s Day, The Spec pub­lished a joint dec­la­ra­tion by two bish­ops to say they favour a min­i­mum wage for all work­ers of $15.85 an hour. This, of course, seems dif­fi­cult to at­tain — but it is ur­gent!

Re­search is show­ing that poverty and the so­cial harm done by in­ad­e­quate liv­ing con­di­tions dis­rupt the ba­sic hu­man de­vel­op­ment of a brain and body. This means so­ci­ety ends up wounded, and made more ex­pen­sive for us all — health, so­cial ser­vices and other costs go higher, as al­ways hap­pens when so­ci­ety tries to ig­nore poverty. Ba­sic wages are cheaper to us all than dis­ad­van­tag­ing our low-in­come fel­low ci­ti­zens. Don Eus­tace, Hamil­ton

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