May 28, 2016

REVEALED: Notley NDP’s internal memos warn “significant job loss” possible with minimum wage hike

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

The Alberta NDP are continuing with their plan to hike the Alberta minimum wage despite an internal government document suggesting that significant job loss could be a realistic possibility.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business got a hold of the letter that was written last June after requesting it through Freedom of Information. I had a chance to talk to the Director of Provincial Affairs at CFIB, Amber Ruddy about this request and she says that the NDP should wait until the economy recovers and consider doing more research on the effects of minimum wage hikes before fully implementing their plans.

We also talked about some of the myths about minimum wage hikes including single parents comprising a large number of low income earners, that a wage hike will create jobs and that employees will keep most of their earnings when wages are increased.

Ms. Ruddy confirms the business community is concerned about the effects of a drastic minimum wage hike. At a proposed $15 per hour, that means an extra $4.80 per employee for some businesses. Feedback from the business community suggests over half of small businesses will increase prices and put future hiring on hold. Youth looking for their first jobs will also suffer. Statistics suggest that for every 10% increase in the minimum wage there will be a decrease of between 3% to 6% in youth employment.

There are other ways to help low income earners and it’s obvious that this NDP policy was put in place to gain votes at election time. When the NDP’s own documentation suggests that significant job losses are a reality, it’s clear they should back away from this policy before it brings more economic woes to the province.

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commented 2016-05-30 02:27:38 -0400
Ron, I stand corrected. I was comparing WR to the PC’s when I referred to it as the real conservative party in Alberta. Thank you for some info I was not aware of. Looks like there’s a big mess to clean up on the right.
commented 2016-05-30 00:29:26 -0400
KENNETH LAWRENCE, again I have to disagree with your assertion that the Wildrose Party is “the real conservative party in Alberta” as that is a real stretch! At this point in time, it is a half-baked Conservative party focusing on fiscal issues. As Wildrose MLA Derek Fikdebrandt tweeted, social issues are not even on his list of 100 priorities. (Though I don’t like the guy, the Wildrose party recently made the bonehead decision to remove him from the caucus for ‘offending’ Kathleen Wynne, thus bowing to political correctness.) In the last election one-note Brian Jean (it’s the economy stupid) said that he had no interest in social issues. Wildrose supported Bill 10 and Bill 7 which are sequels to the NDP’s transgender guidelines to be imposed on all schools in Alberta. As I once wrote to Jean and others, “Will the real Wildrose Party please stand up?”
commented 2016-05-29 20:43:30 -0400
Typical interventionist policy of a socialist government. The additional labour cost just gets passed on to the consumer. It is inflationary and upsets the entire stratum of the wage scale. Lets start calling it TWA , THIRD WORLD ALBERTA.
commented 2016-05-29 15:16:26 -0400
With the gimped shoulder look—- trans morphia look
commented 2016-05-29 15:14:11 -0400
I can see it now
WALLMART——— robot greeters
commented 2016-05-29 14:05:40 -0400
The starter jobs for students will disappear. I was in a McDonalds recently and they had a machine to take your order. So much for a kid asking you if “you want fries with that”.
commented 2016-05-29 09:17:33 -0400
Complete farce and coincides with Bernie (lost in space) Sanders, and Hilary Clintoris promising big min wage increases in the US as well. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE MAKING ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE NOW? Would you not have to give them a raise for them to keep pace? For that matter EVERYONE would then be demanding a pay raise to keep all things equal. As ANONOMYS stated, prices must go up on EVERYTHING, layoffs ensue, the circle is complete and the cycle starts all over again. Political babble from lying politicians to garner votes. Once elected the promises then evolve into “we just can’t get it done now” and the whole thing starts over again.

The NDP fools in Alberta will succeed in one thing, the financial ruin of our province. If they push this through, and the obvious downfalls of the policy begin to emerge, they will just jack up the civil service hiring to skew the employment numbers in order to make themselves look good to their air headed voters. NDP SCUM

DJBT,STPC,WTS andNN
commented 2016-05-29 03:43:22 -0400
This whole raising the min wage to 15 an hour is the dumbest thing there is. You put in this raise, and next thing you know, everything will go up in price. And then it will be like the min wage was never raised.
commented 2016-05-29 00:23:17 -0400
It is a shell game…..more money per hour means more tax deducted for the socialist pigs.
commented 2016-05-28 22:35:02 -0400
NDP SUCKS (I like your ‘name’)

“Who are you addressing in your comment?”

Sorry if that was unclear. I was referring to people who voted for the NDP in the last Alberta election. I was assuming that very few if any Rebel.Media folks fall into that category. That’s why I said, “not Rebel voters”.

I suspect that when conservative Albertans realize they have to coalesce around the real conservative party in Alberta, i.e. Wild Rose, in order to vote out the NDP, and when the PC’s poll numbers fall below 5%, the liberal PC party will likely ‘fold its tent’, i.e. disband itself. I’m simply encouraging that process, because the sooner it happens, the better for Albertans and all Canadians. If that offends you, maybe you should get a new ‘name’.

I understand your unhappiness, NDP SUCKS. I think it would be better directed at getting the NDP out of power in Alberta than in attacking people who are helping in that effort. Sorry my feeble efforts don’t meet your approval. I’m speaking up to unite the right in Alberta and get the NDP removed to benefit all Canadians, including you.
commented 2016-05-28 21:46:07 -0400
Kenneth Lawrence

Hate to say it, Alberta, but a lot of you (not Rebel voters) voted for brain-dead government in the form of the NDP, and that’s what you got.

Who are you addressing in your comment? Do you realize your are posting your comment on the Rebel.Media? Are you rubbing salt for those Rebel members who live in Alberta?

And that’s what you’re going to suffer under until the PC’s fold their tent and join Wild Rose, and someone takes the initiative to get you organized and mount a non-stop campaign to oust your socialist Premier and her brain-dead socialist party and elect Wild Rose to put Alberta’s economy back together.

The PC’s are not going to fold their tent. They just had a convention a few weeks ago.

The PC’s are not going to join the Wildrose. This was decided at their convention a few weeks ago.

Who exactly is going to get us organized and mount a non-stop campaign? You have a name or an organization?

How are we going to oust our socialist premiere other than an election?

Your entire comment is misdirected, ill informed and wishful thinking. In other words your comment is nothing more than bullshit.
commented 2016-05-28 21:14:35 -0400
“…significant job loss…”
I wonder how that Alberta government Sunshine List is doing these days…
commented 2016-05-28 18:20:05 -0400
Ron, I agree with you that Wild Rose should not have caved on opposing the fallacy of AGW, and that ‘fix’ needs reversing, but what other vehicle is available to unseat the NDP in Alberta? Surely not the liberal PC party. After Alison Redford and a disastrous NDP government, surely Albertans are ready to go back to conservatism.
commented 2016-05-28 18:13:54 -0400
Notley is such a piece of shit!!!
commented 2016-05-28 17:58:58 -0400
NDP Sucks, thanks for re-posting my comment, but after reading your response, I must admit I’m somewhat in the dark; could you be a little more specific as to what your problem with it, or me, is? Over to you…
commented 2016-05-28 17:41:05 -0400
RON VOSS .
To associate the NDP and the Liberals with the Communist’s is wrong, the NDP and Libbers are all Marxist Leninist Wing Nuts and are better referred to as Scum
commented 2016-05-28 17:38:36 -0400
There has never been a time yet that this NDP government has backed off on what they ideologically want to make happen, and this minimum wage increase will not be either.
commented 2016-05-28 17:35:47 -0400
We’re always talking about a minimum wage
LETS TALK ABOUT A MAXIMUM WAGE
Since the government wants to hike up the minimum wage to$15.00 AN HOUR for workers then that is what government works should make. RIGHT
Now lets set the maximum we should pay a government worker should get ( Premier, member of parliament police fire fighters teachers all these government workers LETS SAY $20.00 AN HOUR
Now if they bitch they can work more hours or get a job in the private industries IF THEY CAN!!
REBELS, IN MY OPINION THEY ARE NOT WORTH $20.00 AN HOUR but we have to give them a living wage RIGHT
commented 2016-05-28 17:33:29 -0400
NDP SUCKS, I like a lot that you say, but KENNETH LAWRENCE doesn’t deserve such a derogatory retort from you. I happen to disagree with Kenneth that Wildrose in its present form is the answer. A few years ago when Danielle Smith was still leader WR reversed its policy questioning the science of man-made global warming which somewhat neutered its ability to fight Notley’s insane anti-oil, anti-coal policies.
commented 2016-05-28 17:18:49 -0400
How about the argument that MY time and MY labour are NOT the property of government and hence they have NOTHING to say about how much I sell it for?
commented 2016-05-28 17:10:52 -0400
I would like to hear what the NDP actually thinks of the average voter. they seem to like spitting on him every chance they get. the seem preoccupied with punishing the little guy rather than helping him.
commented 2016-05-28 17:02:47 -0400
Dr. Genius. A little surprise for you. The PC’s in Alberta are Liberal and have been since at least 2005. They have been hiding behind the conservative banner but that is not working for them anymore. Since they are Liberal they refuse to merge with the Wildrose.
commented 2016-05-28 16:55:41 -0400
Kenneth Lawrence commented 37 mins ago
Hate to say it, Alberta, but a lot of you (not Rebel voters) voted for brain-dead government in the form of the NDP, and that’s what you got. And that’s what you’re going to suffer under until the PC’s fold their tent and join Wild Rose, and someone takes the initiative to get you organized and mount a non-stop campaign to oust your socialist Premier and her brain-dead socialist party and elect Wild Rose to put Alberta’s economy back together.

Kenneth Lawrence. Fuck Off and go shovel your shit somewhere else.
commented 2016-05-28 16:29:35 -0400
I think this needs to be done. In fact, they would raise the minimum wage to $500/hour. The conservatives in Alberta need to have their feet held to the fire to reunite and stop the NDP from ever coming up the middle again. The federal P.C.s and Reformers were impotent forces, but shortly after uniting under a combined Conservative party, ruled Canada for a decade.
commented 2016-05-28 16:17:21 -0400
Hate to say it, Alberta, but a lot of you (not Rebel voters) voted for brain-dead government in the form of the NDP, and that’s what you got. And that’s what you’re going to suffer under until the PC’s fold their tent and join Wild Rose, and someone takes the initiative to get you organized and mount a non-stop campaign to oust your socialist Premier and her brain-dead socialist party and elect Wild Rose to put Alberta’s economy back together.
commented 2016-05-28 16:16:13 -0400
If you take a look at the 2015 federal election platform for the Communist Pary of Canada you will find the same call for a rise in the minimum wage. Birds of a feather flock together. In fact, if you look at the Communist Pary of Canada’s entire election platform, there is very little to distinguish it from that of the NDP and the Liberal Party of Canada.