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.