News – Premier Rachel Notley Retracts Her Promise for $15/Hour Minimum Wage by 2018
Premier Rachel Notley suggested on Wednesday that if Alberta’s economy continues in its downward spiral, we will not be seeing a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2018 in this province.
Everyone living in this province knows that things aren’t going as well as we would like at the moment. With the oil prices being as low as they are, and even the Canadian dollar sitting below 70 cents to the USD. Job loss has been in the hundreds of thousands over the past 18 months alone.
On October 1st of this year, the minimum wage received a bump up to $11.20 in Alberta. Although we can expect that the minimum wage will continue to raise over the coming years, into 2018, it looks like we’ll be looking at smaller bumps than what was expecting of the NDP government earlier this year.
Although this will be a bad thing for those actually receiving minimum wage, it too, will be a good thing for those who have their own non-corporate owned businesses in this province.
Quite honestly, from May until now, projections with respect to the price of oil have not improved … and so the length and duration of the economic slowdown in Alberta is something we’re going to keep a close eye on, and we’re going to look at all that stuff together as we assert the pace moving forward.
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY
Let this be a lesson to those who wish to make promises in the future, especially to those in higher power.
We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise.
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY, JUNE 29, 2015
Here’s to hoping that the Alberta economy gets better over the coming months.
Although I do believe she is making the right decision in being sure that this promise may not be reached by its allocated prior date, I do think that the promise itself should have never been made in the first place. You never know what the future has in store, especially within a 3 to 4 year span.
Via Calgary Herald, Image The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette