Alberta Party Leader Calls On Alberta Government To Freeze Minimum Wage

Published October 5, 2017

On September 26, Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta party and MLA for Calgary Elbow, issued a release saying that the NDP should pause minimum wage at $13.60 while they study the effects of higher minimum wages and create a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. Mr. Clark mentioned the recent CD Howe minimum wage report by University of Alberta Economist Dr. Joseph Marchand that Alberta’s $15 minimum wage study could cost as many as 25,000 Alberta jobs and concluded what many academics have pointed out – that minimum wage is a poor poverty reduction strategy. Restaurants Canada informed Mr. Clark that our Alberta members support his call for the Alberta government to freeze minimum wage at $13.60 to study the impact the government’s aggressive minimum wage policy is having on employment and small businesses.

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