“During these tough economic times, we have seen businesses forced to lay off hard-working Albertans or shut down completely,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “On top of the new carbon tax, a minimum wage increase will only result in more job losses.”
Recent studies show that only 2 per cent of all workers in Alberta make minimum wage. The majority of these earners are between the ages of 15-24 or only work part-time. Other studies show that an increase to $15 per hour will result in lost jobs.
“Last month saw the biggest job loss on record with over 24,000 jobs lost in May alone. We need to support working Albertans instead of creating more uncertainty and instability,” said McIver. “Small and medium-sized enterprises have been hit especially hard by new expenses introduced by this government in the past year. Albertans need a government that is prepared to work collaboratively with all industries to redevelop confidence in the small business sector.”