The fight for 15, that’s what the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is often called and it’s portrayed as a way to help the working poor, those working jobs that pay minimum wage.
On October 1, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan will all raise their minimum wages, other provinces have raises set for next April.
We are told that doing this will lift people out of poverty. But does it work? Study after study says no but that doesn’t stop progressive politicians from making the promise.
I used to believe the promise too back when I qualified as working poor but now I know these types of policies just hurt the people they are intended to help.
Watch as I explain why.
I’m not advocating keeping wages low and want people to earn as much as they can to have a good income, to move up the economic ladder.
But the idea that having governments force an increase will help is a false one and it’s one that we should move away from if we really want to help the poor.