Calgary Herald

Creating a more humane province


By concentrat­ing heavily on the economics of the minimum wage (and indeed, low wages in general), the editorial misses the central point that wages are more about increased opportunit­ies for inclusion and participat­ion.

To deny an expansion of these dimensions to lowincome workers, simply because of stereotype­s, economic short-termism and the assertion that only two per cent of people actually work for minimum wage, reflects a fundamenta­l misunderst­anding about what it means to be an Albertan.

I’m glad our provincial government continues to act in the interests of ordinary Albertans, and realize that the expansion of justice has a cost. A higher minimum wage, together with the provision of living wages, is the price we can and should pay for the creation of a more just, humane and inclusive province. Timothy Wild, Calgary

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