Will a $15 minimum wage be good for Ontario? Two experts debate

Last week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that her government would see to a $15 minimum wage by 2019, up from its current $11.40. Economic experts Armine Yalnizyan and Dan Kelly debate whether this is good or bad news for Ontario. The following has been edited and condensed.

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  • Liberal Progressive

    Well it will be great for any union whose contract rates are tied to the minimum wage!

  • Jaedo Drax

    Why is Premier wynne so opposed to people having reasonably priced child care?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It kind of reduces the need for TFWs, assuming that their employers don’t get an exemption.
    Higher minimum wages reduce the need for imported immigrant labor.

  • Shebel

    Maybe it is time for employers to start charging for education, language training, work ethic, money management, –well all the stuff that they don’t learn in school.

  • Shebel

    These are EXPERTS ?
    Nice smiles.

  • Observer

    I think they want the wages to be high enough that employers will only want undeclared illegal immigrant workers paid under the table.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Every time the minimum wage goes up someone gets the shaft.
    When you’ve worked hard to earn a raise and suddenly everyone else is making the same as you then you start to think why bother.

  • No one will pay fifteen dollars an hour for a waitress to serve him or her.

    And let’s not forget those taxes!

    • DMB

      No one will give a waitress any tips knowing a waiter or waitress is making $15.00 hour and tips are the bulk of their income.

      • People aren’t get that the bigger problem is taxes.

      • WalterBannon

        No one will go to restaurants once their prices double to cover the increased labor costs

  • Clausewitz

    Hello Mister Inflation…………..