Alberta’s Risky Plan to Raise the Minimum Wage

Seeing as Premier Notley plans on being anti-oil, could she at least consider that raising the minimum wage will be disastrous?

The new NDP government plans to raise the wage to $15 per hour from $10.20 over three years — even more ambitious than Los Angeles’ recently approved plan to raise the wage to $15 by 2020. It’s hardly unique: Seattle’s $15 minimum wage went into effect in April.

Across the U.S., municipalities are heeding an increasing number of economic studies that suggest raising the wage will not create a wave of job losses. However, there are many caveats on that research and economists still question whether raising the wage will effectively combat poverty or income inequality.

  • Jay Currie

    Fast food robots in 3,2,1….

    • Exile1981

      I’m all for fast food robots to ensure that the food hasn’t been spit in or anything else.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I’m all for not tampering with food.
        And I have heard stories having spent twenty five years in the hospitality industry.
        Such as one steakhouse where a steak got sent back for being too raw and the cook took it and swabbed it around the rim of the staff room toilet before slapping it on the grill and sending it back out.
        Or the lounge manager I knew who dealt with an asshole customer by sending out a glass of fine scotch only after he had dunked his dink in it.
        By and large, though, food tampering was perceived as a grievously horrible crime and preserving the quality of the food and drink was seen as one of the highest duties.
        Like the time I saw a cook chopping lettuce only to discover a small frog cut in half.
        That whole bin went down the garburetor.
        I once saw a dishwasher traying bacon pick up a tray that had flipped over onto the floor and put it back in with the good stuff.
        I wasn’t his boss but I said what the fuck are you doing and insisted he throw it away.
        He said it’s only bacon.
        I had to tell his boss.

        • Exile1981

          In Calgary there have been a few cases of food poisoning traced back to TFW’s with poor hygiene.

          I knew in high school (like 25 years ago) the guys at A&W did horrible things to burgers.

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  • Gary

    I have heard the McDonald’s has already tried to automate their food delivery system right here in Toronto where you use a TapPlication order Screen and Chip scan to pay . Your Order comes out on a robotic cart that orbits back inside for the next command , the idea is for the tables to have Chips in them while the floor is mapped out so the robot can be sent to your table with the food.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Well Canada gave most of its manufacturing away by giving into these free trade deals. Even China has many protectionist parts and is doing incredible. Unlike, the US and much of the Western nations, they are in it for a long haul.

    The West cannot substitute a strong manufacturing model for service economies which don’t produce as many jobs.

    Famous quote – It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.Read more at – This is a famous quote from Deng Xiaoping, and China is more pragmatic than communist or socialist anymore. Their main intention is to replace the US dollar and the US and the West are more interested in short-term same-old same-old policies. No wonder there is so much stagnation and small amounts of growth.

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          (P.S. – what if it’s black AND white?)

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Is it just me or does anyone else associate pulled pork with masturbation?
          I have never eaten a pulled pork sangwich or a pulled pork sam’ich.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        You won’t even acknowledge there is an issue except to post these images which are only used to deter, frighten or threaten?

  • Alain

    As once so correctly stated: socialism works fine until they run out of other people’s money. At the rate they are going the Alberta NDP won’t need four years to bankrupt the province.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And then with Alberta as a have not province Quebec might actually pay into equalization and regain the gumption to separate.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    People have to understand that the NDP is not the CCF. They are not calling for worker ownership of the means of production which existed within certain parties in the left and far-left movements prior to the CCF like Dominion Labour, Farmer-Labour, Progressive and other parties. Look at the history of socialist, labour, farmer and communist parties in Canada. The fact is socialist parties and social democratic parties have opposed Marxist-Leninist ideals so as to not be seen as sympathetic to them. Canada has a strong history of manufacturing but many means are beyond our control such as oil prices and we have seen over decades how free trade has impacted our country. The fact is Alberta voted against the PC party and against Wildrose mainly I think due to the fact that you can promise tax cuts until you are blue in the face, but when many are struggling they will usually vote for new parties and new options. I frankly wish Alberta had a NOTA party in their province to recall MPPs, call for the bank of Canada to create money interest-free and to call for massive tariffs. I frankly despise our globalization model as it is bringing wages down and creating massive inequality.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It was vote splitting you big dummy.

  • Frances

    It’s not just the fast food owners who are worried, it’s all small businesses. Because when you raise the minimum wage, workers making above that expect their wages to go up accordingly. Know of at least one business where the lowest-paid employee (still right now above minimum wage) will lose a job as the work done is seriously NOT worth $15 per hour. As for the other employees: will get interesting.

    Ms Notley should realize a lot of small business owners aren’t making big bucks, either. The sad reality is that nowhere in NDP-land do you find people who have actually had to make payroll.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Ten years ago I worked in banquets as a manager.
      Minimum wage kept going up and mine really didn’t rise at the same rate.
      I made a base salary and a cut of gratuities.
      Sure, I made more than my staff but I could see a convergence happening where my base salary would be equivalent to the minimum wage.
      When it reached that point I wondered what my motivation would have been to keep working and worrying about my duties.
      If everyone’s making the same money why do I have all the responsibility?
      I just did the math.
      I was making $19,500 base back then which translates to about $9.75 hourly.
      Minimum wage in 2005 was $7.25.
      Diff = $2.50.
      Now, it’s $10.70.
      If you take my base hourly wage and compound it with a generous two percent increase per year over ten years you get $11.88.
      Diff = $1.18.
      So, the boss there, whoever he is now, makes only an extra fifty five bucks a week over his employees.
      Me, I went back to school and make much more for a lot less grief.

    • jayme

      Min wage is meant to be a starter job but if your making $42,000 a year why even go to school.

  • tom_billesley

    Britain has both a minimum wage and a tax credit for the low paid. That way it’s possible to create even more jobs in the civil service. The minimum wage also makes it advantageous for unscrupulous employers to employ undocumented illegals, which increases the flow of invaders.