August 04, 2016

NDP MLA’s “utterly grotesque” reaction to pub owner trying to survive Notley’s minimum wage increase

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Business owners all across the province have been sounding alarm bells about the unintended consequences of the NDP’s ideological drive to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

One Lethbridge business owner is speaking out. Scott Crichton owns seven pubs and has over 200 employees. He has spent 15 years building his businesses and told Global News that he will lay off 50% of his staff trying absorb the new minimum wage. He has already cut back his staff by 5%, or 10 jobs, just to cope with the last minimum wage hike in 2015.

Crichton says he could be forced to move to a zero service restaurant concept to save costs, save the few remaining jobs in the restaurant and keep the doors open for another day. These are the harsh decisions reckless NDP policies are forcing Alberta companies to make.

Adding insult to injury, Crichton’s own MLA, NDP’s Maria Fitzpatrick said this about him:

“It’s sad and disappointing a business would rather have a greater profit margin than keeping people employed at a wage where they can afford food and pay for a roof over their head. Certainly $15 an hour is not extravagant”

Fitzpatrick just called a man doing the things he needs to do to save jobs selfish.

Has Fitzpatrick ever created a single job or run a business? Of course not. She’s a former Public Service Alliance of Canada union activist who spent 32 years as a federal corrections officer.

This is the NDP though, who think hard working job creators are evil, greedy and selfish.

Isn’t the person who wants to take what you’ve earned the greedy one?

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commented 2016-08-06 23:52:20 -0400
I have ZERO against the minimum wage going up to a reasonable rate. With all the increases in cost of living over the decades this definitely went up very little. I’d also appreciate a wait staff that didn’t think that kissing my ass to get a tip was necessary. I’ve eaten out many times and I see the pattern of ass kissing that I disrespect with a passion. Fake smiles and coming round when your mouth is full to ask the predictable “hows everything folks?”. This pisses me off to no end. Decades ago in Sydney, Australia I met two sisters from Winnipeg that didn’t need a tip to pour me a beer. They got $12 an hour back then when a Canadian waitress/waiter was getting about $4 or $5 for the same job. I told them no tip and they were cool with that at their rate of pay. Why does Canada and the USA insist that the stupid ass tip system is needed when no other country uses it? It doesn’t matter if the staff made ¥1000/hr they still served me overseas with no expectation of a tip and no decline in service if it seemed it wouldn’t come. The expectation in this country is what turns me off the most about us the consumer having to pay these people working their asses off for some asswipe making out paying them shit while charging us 2 hours of their wage for a simple meal. Just tonight my wife and I spent over $26 for a meal that in her country would have cost $14 or $15 and her country is a lot more “expensive” than ours in legend. Totally unsatisfied with the pandering service of an expected default tip in Canada for poor quality service and food. I do tip 10% when I feel it’s been very genuine service or I got something I didn’t expect from the wait staff. But the template of “good service” I normally encounter deserves me getting a discount. All for a standard minimum wage. Time to catch up to cost of living adjustments for the service industry.
commented 2016-08-06 03:52:35 -0400
Well Deborah, that’s the “nut” of it, isn’t it?… Does an Albertan believe strongly enough to make a statement or worry about inviting “criticism”…. What? A raised middle finger from an NDPer or two?… If protesting the Notley regime makes them targets then that’s the “cross” they have to bear, or, just go whimpering into the night for the next three years… Personally, I would welcome a “nuts-kicking-distance” confrontation with one of them… (But then, I live in B.C)…. Alberta used to be “your” province , eh?…
commented 2016-08-06 00:49:34 -0400
Yes , a $15.00 minimum is an excellent idea as long as it only applies to Peter Mansbridge and the rest of the misfits at CBC.
commented 2016-08-05 18:39:40 -0400
Andy – I do think Ezra’s travelling billboards are a great idea. Though I think the driver should be wearing body armor for protection!
commented 2016-08-05 18:37:48 -0400
Andy Neimers – I think the media will continue to ignore the people, and will focus on the constant droning messages of the agenda. Also, many people do not like to invite criticism, so won’t publicly display anything that may make them targets. I can’t say I blame them though. Just look at what’s going on in the world today. Just wearing a cross can get you murdered in some countries, and likely will happen in Canada too, in the very near future.
commented 2016-08-05 16:12:21 -0400
DEBORAH GRAUPNER – Of course I appreciate the fact that not everybody has a “lawn” to display a FLUSH NOTLEY! sign… I was using that as a metaphor for posting wherever one can rather than doing nothing… You can hang a sign off a balcony railing or paste one in your apartment window, or in the back window of your car, or have a bumper sticker made… I really like the barn or corn silo painting idea… I also appreciate the fact that the media are studiously trying to ignore any signs of protest…. The aim is to post so many that they just can’t ignore it any more… As I posted previously – get so many signs up that a visitor to Alberta will be asking their taxi driver:- “So, who’s this Flush Notley?.. A rodeo star or something?…”
commented 2016-08-05 14:17:57 -0400
At some point, the NDP’s position will be if you have a job, you’re rich.

It’s coming and nobody should get in the way. After that crap, it will be a whole lot easier to get rid of the NDP and outlaw them and imprison their supporters.

Unless many people I know, I believe that there are not enough people in prison.
commented 2016-08-05 13:40:57 -0400
they are screwing this up like they do everything else. There should be a sliding scale for businesses that make less than $100k per yer pay a lower min wage and up to $500k per year pay a moderate min wage and those that make more pay their employee’s a high min wage. This would also give employee’s the option to better themselves through education & training. Why should you be forced to pay a person with no experience, perhaps this is a way around it calling it an Employer Training deduction.
commented 2016-08-05 13:17:08 -0400
PHYLIS SEITZ: In 1975 you came out of University and got a SUMMER job for $13.75 per hour. What did you do? This sounds almost like BS. Laboring, and I mean LABORING in the oil patch MAY have gotten you $10 an hour then. Maybe you got some kind of sweet deal with tax payer money doled out by simpleton Turdo the Elder’s give away policies.The minimum wage in Canada at that time was under $3 an hour. Were you the Park hooker? Something not adding up.

DJBT and the rest
commented 2016-08-05 12:37:48 -0400
Raise the minimum wage. No problem at all.

Drive up unemployment; assure a zero-service environment; or cause many, many businesses to shut their doors and move.

The CBC reports that Alberta’s unemployment rate is the highest in 22 years. Drive it up to an all time record. What’s Notley going to say then? People will have more leisure time, so this is good for families? This is the way the Progressivist-Sodomite cult thinks. Even if there is one taxpayer left, they will consider it good because there is still one taxpayer.

Let Notley dig her hole ever deeper, and help her along by giving up. Leave Alberta for better places; abandon the province, for it is nearly dead. Once the numbers of unemployed reach over 750,000 (and it will happen) then the move can begin to unlaw the NDP. It can be easily done: use the Notwithstanding Clause to suspend the Charter of Rights and end free political association. Outlaw socialism and imprison its practitioners. Or, execute them – no one will weep.
commented 2016-08-05 12:07:51 -0400
When I graduated from University in 1975, I was hired by Canada Employment for a summer job. Hourly wage $13.75. Today I do demos for a grocery store and make $14.00/hr. Regardless who one wants to blame, $15 per hour is not a living wage. This bar owner who managed to operate for 15 years is because the hourly wage he offered was low, knowing his staff would survive on tips. Been there done that. The manager of the deli at the grocery store was making $22 per hour, which I consider barely a minimum wage, and was let go. Her replacement a foreign worker who is probably making a little more than me. Is this where the mindset is in Canada? I have no sympathy for the bar owner, and I certainly am disgusted by those on this site who say they will stop tipping because someone is making $15 per hour, a dollar more than I made 40 years ago. I wonder who you think should continue to flip your hamburgers and shine your shoes for poverty wages. You’re fortunate to be able to afford to go to a bar or restaurant. I am certainly not a socialist. In fact for 30 years of my working life I was self-employed, and ten years ago I was paying my workers $10,00 per hour for farm labour, something I really couldn’t afford, but when you need workers you pay them. Us working stiffs should stay at home for one day and we’ll see how quickly $15 per hour would go to $20, barely a living wage!
commented 2016-08-05 11:36:21 -0400
It’s all about inflating wages, so that the unions can steal more at contract time. Minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage, but a stepping stone. Minimum wage gave opportunities to those entering the workforce, to gain skills.

sure graupner
commented 2016-08-05 09:33:09 -0400
What can you expect from “Commie” NDP party?
Confiscate the supposed wealth from the private businessman and then give your party members big fat raises & perks.

If the businesses have to lay off employees because they cannot afford the minimum wage hike they are called selfish.

The truth is the minimum wage hike is not about putting more money in the pocket of employees, it is about giving the provincial & federal government raises. The more you make the more they tax the hard working people.

I can pretty much promise that if the minimum wage increases the employees buying power shall go down significantly and more people shall be unemployed.

When will this cash cow to the biggest welfare recipients, Politicians, ever end?

Thomas Pratt
commented 2016-08-05 09:08:13 -0400
Oops – I meant instant, or in a New York minute for that matter!
commented 2016-08-05 09:06:37 -0400
Andy Neimers – Not all of us have a lawn to display our outrage. This government and the propagandists are controlling the messages to the people. You won’t hear about anyone protesting, because all news is being filtered for the NDP to look like they know what they are doing. Those of us being silenced are gathering our weapons, and preparing for battle, the battle to survive these continued assaults on freedom and democracy. Those that are still working have to keep paying the bills, until we aren’t able to any longer. Once Rachel implements her carbon tax, you will see the anger being stirred up. Change does not happen in an instance, and those of us who know what is really going on, are trying to educate those sheeple who have been lulled to sleep by fools.
commented 2016-08-05 05:26:39 -0400
So, once again I ask all those supposedly millions of pissed-off Albertans: – Have you even taken the time to post a FLUSH NOTLEY! sign on your front lawn, or painted your barn or corn silo?… If not, quit bitching and suffer…
commented 2016-08-05 01:11:46 -0400
Like Trudeau, the majority of NDPers , Liberals and all Socialists, have much of a clue of how the economy works. They think the money they get paid just “grows on trees”. There really is truth in that saying. The Lefties must believe it.
commented 2016-08-05 00:59:03 -0400
I don’t know how Albertans can stand this gov’t for 5 more minutes. It’s so obvious this MLA is totally clueless & an absolute buffoon for making such a remark. What good is a rise in the min wage if the owner cannot keep his business afloat, either he will have to lay off people like Mr. Crichton is doing or go bankrupt, there is no other choice.
Daniel C……you make a very good point. So, they’re earning $15 an hr plus tips, so now their hourly wage is probably $20 an hr.
No matter the situation Notley has that stupid grin on her face but not surprising since her gov’t is a big fat joke
commented 2016-08-05 00:20:25 -0400
My daughter went to collage for two years at a cost of $23000 . As a Paralegal 1 year into her career she gets 17 dollars an hour , so some kid after high school can get a full time job for 15 dollars an hour . Something doesn’t jive .
commented 2016-08-04 23:07:23 -0400
DAMN GREEDY BUSINESS OWNER- wanting to make something for working 7 long hour days a week and risking everything they have. HOW GREEDY!!!
commented 2016-08-04 23:05:31 -0400
YAY , we can be like the USSR , so much video and so many pictures of happy content smiling people back in the day. I can still remember their hockey teams , the players looked so downtrodden , until they defected and they looked damn happy after that. Communism-making everyone miserable except for the people in power.
commented 2016-08-04 21:56:46 -0400
First the oil price crash orchestrated by the NWO Globalists in an attempt to destroy Russia’s economy and at the same time eliminate Canadian oil competition. This all but destroyed Alberta’s economy . Then the out to lunch NDP gets in power and all but snuffs out any remaining life in the Alberta oil industry. Then the NDP come up with this insane $15 minimum wage to ultimately turn the province into Greece.
The NDP and Liberal governments of Canada will destroy us without any question.
commented 2016-08-04 21:51:19 -0400
It’s all about inflating wages, so that the unions can steal more at contract time. Minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage, but a stepping stone. Minimum wage gave opportunities to those entering the workforce, to gain skills.
commented 2016-08-04 21:17:00 -0400
What about the people who have worked hard for a few years for a business and they have now reached a wage of $15 an hour. Are they supposed to stand by when people just starting are going to get the same wage. All these insane wage proposals and free college and free this and that are a leftist pipe dream and all they are doing is creating a greater entitlement atmosphere. If min wage is $10, an I’m making $15, when their wage jumps to $15 I want $20. All the prices go up and we are all like a cat chasing its tail. Nothing is gained by anybody. Fitzpatrick does have the NDP douche look down pat, fits right in with pigs Notley, Phillips, Hoffman, McCuaig-Boyd and the like. I have a novel idea. Because the NDP insist that $15 is a living wage, I propose that all NDP MLAs are paid $15 an hour. And where did $15 come from? Out of thin air? Were there any legitimate studies done to support this number? Oh I forgot, its the Bernie-Hillary mantra so it must fit here too. AS KEITH RICHARDS would say, FUCKING MARXIST PIGS.

Dump Justin, Sophie, K. Wynne and Notley the Nicotine Ooze
commented 2016-08-04 21:10:38 -0400
Oops, I guess it wasn’t the leader but one of her brainless minions! Though I’m certain that they aren’t allowed to say anything publicly, unless they first get their script from their Marxist Ho leader. The NDP have no economic skills at all, and the way they’ve attacked the private industries shows that they hate the people who pay for their sorry butts. I can’t wait until we get the opportunity to kick them to the curb. I think they should all be audited to see how much money is flowing in to destroy AB. But they had best remember, that what goes around will come around to them.
commented 2016-08-04 21:03:07 -0400
Just wait until electricity and natural gas are increased for the following:

To pay for the 2 billion dollars for cancelled contracts
To pay for wind turbine/solar panel installation and maintenance contracts
To pay for subsidies of inefficient turbine and panel power

This is the Ontario model that Nutley will institute. Every time the communists need new cash injection just jack up the price of electricity. Small and medium business are in for a price shock on their energy costs. Add in the carbon tax and prices are going to go through the roof. I can just hear the bitching and screaming in February when it is minus 20. Buckle up Alberta and tighten your belt.
commented 2016-08-04 20:20:17 -0400
From my understanding NDP Maria Fitzpatrick is probably thinking that when Scott Crichton cut jobs he is making more profit now than he was before, so therefore in her mind he is greedy and selfish.

What Maria Fitzpatrick is not understanding is that the job cuts only allowed Scott Crichton to once again break even because on the increase in wages. It is more than just the wages that increase for the employer.
commented 2016-08-04 20:06:12 -0400
Sheila asked, "Isn’t that one that wants to take what you earned and give it to themselves the selfish one?

No, not in socialist land where up is down and down is up, good is bad and bad is good it isn’t.
commented 2016-08-04 19:57:10 -0400
The provincial election in BC doesn’t take place until next year and already the NDP are making the $15.00 promise. Why? It attracts the same old bottom rung left-wing supporters who vote exclusively on personal entitlement issues. If it’s good for them to hell with the rest of the people.
commented 2016-08-04 19:19:58 -0400
Well we all know by your PM that most people are in business to avoid paying taxes.I thought trust funds were.He would probably know for sure.
In tough times people cut back but not the government blow holes at the top of the food chain.If they would take less oh what the hell is the matter with me like that would ever cross their entitled minds.
Why is she always grinning with a red face?