I'm Jerry Agar, guest hosting for Ezra Levant... Ontario is raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
People like me will tell you that increasing the minimum wage is destructive to low income workers and first time job seekers. It throws people out of work.
So imagine the leftist glee when the University in California of Berkeley supposedly proved that, “Seattle’s $15 minimum wage hasn’t cut jobs.”
But these leftists don’t have all the facts. You see:
Seattle's minimum wage rise applies only to Seattle, not the surrounding area (…) Low-wage individuals working in Seattle when the ordinance passed transitioned to jobs outside Seattle at an elevated rate…
In other words: Seattle did not prove that the wage change didn’t cut jobs – they proved the opposite.
One manufacturer told me that the increase in Ontario will add over $600,000 a year to his expenses — with no increase in efficiency or sales to make up for it.
I know people working with big money to develop a restaurant/bar with no wait staff. Just keyboards and robots.
It is a scary future for low wage workers, but politicians will push minimum wage because they know the schools haven’t done their job teaching economics.
PLUS: A woman phoned in to my radio show recently. She was being treated for cancer, and she said she didn't what it cost taxpayers.
I asked: If we could give her the best treatment, but at 75 per cent of the cost, would she be OK with that? She said no.
She's like many Canadians who blindly claim we have the best system in the world. We do not, and tonight I’ll provide you with the studies and statistics that prove it.
TONIGHT’S GUESTS: Todd MacKay, Prairie Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, is backing Brad Wall's opposition to the carbon tax; and Simon Kent, Managing Editor of Breitbart London, who has the latest on where the Brexit fight stands after the election.