It seems that the NDP and now the Canadian Union of Public Employees are jumping on the bandwagon of driving up the minimum wage — there must be some votes there for the NDP.
Even though $10 an hour is not a great wage, it will be over $20,000 a year. With two earning that in a family, it will be over $40,000 a year. I have three pensions and my wife has two, but our yearly income falls short of $40,000 a year. What about some seniors who only have around $13,000 yearly income — how are they supposed to cope? Who is fighting for them? Not CUPE, not the NDP. Why?
Minimum wage is not usually the first wage that supports the family, it is usually a second income or a beginning wage for teenagers on their first job with little job experience. Driving up this wage will force up prices and even force some businesses out of business.