October 12, 2016

Notley’s minimum wage takes effect: Businesses report jobs are down, prices are up

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Rachel Notley assured Albertans minimum wage increases wouldn’t affect the economy, insisting it wouldn’t have an effect on businesses or result in job losses. But now, just over a week after the minimum wage increased by a dollar, businesses are saying otherwise.

They’re telling us how the minimum wage increase is affecting them and how they’re trying to soften the blow of this increase.

Watch as I provide a few examples of businesses that have spoken out and described the measures they’ve taken to deal with the higher wage.

The fact is, these are additional costs being passed on to customers and businesses are responding to this new increase in ways that affect consumers and employees negatively.

People are losing their jobs and consumers are paying higher prices.

These are real issues that businesses are speaking out about and they were predictable, but this kind of incompetence is just something we’ve come to expect from the Alberta NDP government.

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commented 2016-10-14 14:07:14 -0400
I can’t believe ordinary Canadians think any of this is good policy. Minimum wage increases reward unmotivated or younger workers for the most part taking work ethic and competence out of the equation. Why does Earl’s always make the wrong decisions in their public policy starting with the Alberta beef ban-which was reversed following public pressure- and now with a 16% surcharge on bills in lieu of tips? I will give them an idea for free, make the line item read “Notley’s attempt at income redistribution” just to avoid another PR controversy. Personally, if I see an automatic gratuity charged on a bill, I refuse to pay it or dine elsewhere.
commented 2016-10-13 02:51:27 -0400
Andrew you forgot to mention that the unemployment rate went up and self employment went down. And some jobs are seasonal. But of course you are delusional. I am still waiting for Ontario to get going like you said it would . of course you hid from the fact that they lost tens of thousands of jibs after that.
commented 2016-10-13 02:48:48 -0400
And I have an uncanny feeling, that just like Dimwit Hollande in France, Catcher’s Mitt Notley is slowly starting to formulate and “exit strategy”… Both of them would be totally insane not to see the handwriting on the wall…
commented 2016-10-13 02:43:26 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON:-“According to Stats Can, Alberta actually gained jobs last month.”… Okay,“doctoral candidate Stephenson” now I’m really intrigued… Which planet are you posting from??…
commented 2016-10-13 02:35:07 -0400
Say; is that Catcher’s Mitt Notley starting to grimace?… Say it isn’t so!…
commented 2016-10-12 22:48:28 -0400
Anyone take a hard look at her face in the photograph to this thread..
My god she looks ghastly..!!!
commented 2016-10-12 22:06:49 -0400
Soon , only public sector employees will be the majority of the customers at fast food joints and especially restaurants
commented 2016-10-12 22:03:44 -0400
HOLLY, you have been telling us this would happen, and it’s just the beginning

Most of us here knew this would set off a chain reaction on small business economy
commented 2016-10-12 19:42:58 -0400
Here in BC I can’t believe the cost at just plain old places like White Spot. Some times I admit, stats and other factors can hide the inflation or job loss. For example, the way they count in the US is even someone working just 1 hour per week would be counted as a full job. This is why US stats are such BS.
commented 2016-10-12 19:05:52 -0400
Just look at the cost of a steak sandwich now in a mid-range chain like Mr. Mikes. And this is before January first when the carbon extortion kicks in. No more steak houses in smaller towns, pork won’t work now either. Go KFC go, until the fry tax kicks in.
commented 2016-10-12 17:24:44 -0400
Just like the money tree, Liberals just think you say it is so, and it just happens with minimum wages. Magic. Up the wage and we are all richer. They never consider the unintended consequences of their policy. If $15 is good, why not $20? Why not $100 an hours? Where does $15 come from?

I’m not a business owner but just using common sense. I have some cheeky millennials working for $10 an hour working close to full time. I also have few older workers just supplementing their pension. They are over qualified for the job they are doing, are very capable, but only work a few hours a week. Wow. What to do? Hmmm. Maybe I will ask those veteran workers to work another 20 hours a week, and cut back the millennials to just a few hours a week. I mean if I have to pay $15 I better get some better workers. In one swoop Notley increases the 15 to 25 year old segments unemployment numbers.
commented 2016-10-12 13:52:03 -0400
“According to Stats Can, Alberta actually gained jobs last month.”

Public service jobs do not count.

“In September, more people worked in public administration, educational services, and transportation and warehousing. At the same time, employment declined in health care and social assistance.”

Part time and non-paid should not count, neither can support an individual let alone a family:
Friday, October 7th, 2016
“Of the new jobs, 44,100 of them were considered part-time work, while 50,100 were self-employed positions — some of which may have been unpaid. …
Quebec saw the biggest increase last month, with 38,300 new jobs, while Ontario gained 16,200 positions, Alberta added 13,300 and New Brunswick gained 4,400. Employment in British Columbia slipped by 600 positions, but on a year-over-year basis it still led all provinces with the fastest growth rate of 2.6 per cent.”

Stats Can does paint a rosy picture, but data includes ALL jobs (part-time, self-employed, unpaid, public sector, and government funded).

See –
“The Ontario government will invest up to $16 million through the province’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund to support 5G Ontario.”

A must read:
commented 2016-10-12 13:36:37 -0400
At a certain point, long ago, she must have realised that her government and governance was a complete and utter failure.

Her failures not only affect Alberta but also the entire nation. Its like we have a Trudeau in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec: all playing from the same rule book that says tax and grab, and force your pet projects on the people not necessarily for their benefit.

In the time of the Romans, when generals failed they fell on their swords. Samurai who disgraced themselves or failed their king slit open their stomachs. There is a trend here. How up on history is Notley?
commented 2016-10-12 12:47:43 -0400
I have never liked compulsory/expected tips for someone just doing their job.

I’d have no problem tipping if service impressed, or being a regular and desiring better service, but to be expected to help pay staff wages because the restaurant wouldn’t, is just not good business.

“It keeps the price of the meal down,” they say.

Most of us would rather have the full prices on the menus, and then the restaurant pay staff better. Let the free market decide if which places we’ll then patronize.

But making the customer the jerk for not wanting to tip is not right, and it’s not like serving staff are any more hard done by than the rest of us working slobs.

I’ve also known several people in the serving industry, and none seem to a problem with “food revenge” on a customer they’re not happy with.

Also, the reason Revenue Canada started forcing all in the service industry to pay for “calculated” tips was because too many were not reporting cash tips as income.

So now it’s come round to kick this industry in the butt because MOST of the people I know say, "They’re are getting their “Living Wage” now, so ain’t no way in H I’m tipping."
commented 2016-10-12 11:57:06 -0400
And still you will do nothing about it except pay when you can.
She has done her job well and her masters should be pleased..
commented 2016-10-12 11:56:56 -0400
Andy…..Spoken like a true leftist regressive fucktard. Yet unemployment is still rising
commented 2016-10-12 11:56:25 -0400
What would happen if counties and municipalities in wildrose elected areas were to succeed from Alberta?
Is it possible , that a non-compliant show of defiance from these entities would effect a change of government?

What is it going to take?

Legallities be damned, there can’t be anything more illegal that a despotic government wrecking livelihoods, homes and businesses.
commented 2016-10-12 11:55:21 -0400
Just wait Alberta… Just wait until the carbon taxes in full swing and green energy is implemented… You will wish you were never born.
You will know third world poverty
commented 2016-10-12 11:53:35 -0400
As long as all we do is bitch and complain here the politicians are happy with that and you all serve them well.
commented 2016-10-12 11:32:13 -0400
Rachel Notley looks really ugly. She is truly, “The Wicked Witch of the West”.
commented 2016-10-12 11:13:55 -0400
According to Stats Can, Alberta actually gained jobs last month.

I’m tempted to say that the statistics are more reliable than a couple, likely cherry-picked, anecdotal reports.
commented 2016-10-12 11:04:39 -0400
It’s just big stupid gewbamint trying to create inflation – through higher taxes and higher this and higher that.

The trick to stopping this is to stop spending.

Gewbamint is totally dependent on tax revenue – if spending stops, tax revenue tanks – they already murdered the oil industry and now Trudeau/Notley are in a panic.

Watch the marxist fucks wreck Canada folks – you chose these vermin – happy now???
commented 2016-10-12 10:58:22 -0400
The main thing to remember in dealing with SJWs is to not confuse them with the facts. Their minds are already made up.
commented 2016-10-12 10:26:35 -0400
You would think that this blond air head would know this O I for got she is a shit head SOCIALIST.