January 05, 2018

Minimum wage meltdown: Wynne picks fight with Tim Horton's — but she's the real “bully”. PLUS what was Joshua Boyle really doing in Afghanistan?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

 

Last week the minimum wage in Ontario was $11.60/hour. This week it’s $14/hour. That’s a 21 per cent jump.

According to the Bank of Canada, this will kill 60,000 jobs in the next 12 months.

Which brings us to the case of Tim Hortons.

I have my political beef with Tim Hortons: A couple of years ago, Tim Hortons banned ads from Enbridge, the pipeline company, from their in-store TV channel.

So we did a campaign called Boycott Tims. Thousands signed the petition, and I hand-delivered it to the CEO, who wasn’t too pleased.

But that’s one thing. The fact that they have been hit by this 21 per cent hike in labour costs is another.

And that hits franchisees — the people who work 18 hour days and pay the franchise fees to the Brazilian masters who actually own this "Canadian" company.

So what can those franchisees do? Maybe they’ll bring in McDonald’s-style touch screens?

For now, they’re making staff pay for their own uniforms and not paying for breaks anymore.

So Kathleen Wynne, the premier of Ontario, raged at these franchisees — in particular, singled out one named Ron Joyce Jr., whose dad actually started Tim Hortons.

Wynne called Joyce a "bully."

A Liberal premier can raise taxes or run a deficit, and what are you going to do — leave the province?

But a coffee shop can’t run a deficit or force customers to pay.

If you were Tim Hortons, would you expand your franchises in Ontario?

Because Kathleen Wynne isn’t done with her minimum wage hikes — another one is coming in 360 days...

NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief Sheila Gunn Reid joins me to talk about the "Lethbridge Green Challenge," asking locals to "use reusable shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat" for one month.

But there's another NDP "green" plan in the works that you have to hear to believe...

THEN: Here's a conversation you won't hear anywhere else:

Lee Humphrey, president of James International Security Consulting in Washington, DC, tells us about his troubling encounter with ex-hostage Joshua Boyle.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-01-11 11:45:47 -0500
Tammie:
You pretty much nailed it with your description of socialism. Some people never learn.

Also, many thanks for your kind comment.

Kris Larsen
Halifax, NS
commented 2018-01-09 17:42:11 -0500
Socialists want the government to “manage” every aspect of our lives. Socialists have no real interest in how government interference undermines the free market and damages the economy. Socialists claim the policies forced on society is to help the poor when in fact it harms the very people they claim to be concerned about. Socialists keep trying this model and fail, with an enormous cost to humanity. Socialists keep insisting it will work, if only….
commented 2018-01-09 12:31:51 -0500
James. Answer this direct question with a yes or a no. Have you ever owned a business? Yes or no.
commented 2018-01-09 02:57:51 -0500
JAMES CROCKETT commented 2018-01-07 14:03:27 -0500
Al Peterson,

I did not watch the videos, but I am happy to know that you were joking about the $100 an hour and that you know it is an idiotic argument against minimum wage.
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James, I see you still don’t get it. The $150/Hr argument is not idiotic. It show the idiocy of the $14 hike by showing it’s absurdity. You really should watch the videos if you still don’t understand this. OF course then you might understand it and that would require a paradigm shift on your part. Don’t you just hate all this truth mongering when it runs afoul of your preconceived and unstudied opinion?
commented 2018-01-08 14:42:10 -0500
Kris Larsen, great posts.
commented 2018-01-08 12:38:14 -0500
Minimum wage hikes of the magnitude we see in Ontario suggest foresight deficiencies on the part of the provincial government. Yet Premier Wynne adds insult to injury by bullying a private company or, more specifically, the owners of a Tim Horton’s franchise in Cobourg, who are merely trying to keep their business afloat (and hopefully save employees jobs) by cutting overhead costs that will help offset wage increases.

Consequences of an increased minimum wage might include, but not be limited to, increased costs for consumers, reduced hours for employees or, worse, layoffs or a combination of some or all of the above scenarios. Some businesses, especially small stand alone independents, might actually go under.

Indeed, a policy requiring employees to pay for their uniforms and take lunch breaks without pay seems a lesser evil, especially if everyone keeps their jobs without hours being reduced.

On a final note, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth does not help matters when she asserts that employers who cannot budget for wage hikes should get out of the business world altogether. Does she not realize that her “solution” throws all of those companies’ employees out of work? Is this her best response to anyone questioning the wisdom of a minimum wage increase? Methinks Ms Hoggarth should be short listed for Mark Latham’s left-wing lunatic of the week.

Kris Larsen
Halifax, NS
commented 2018-01-08 12:37:55 -0500
Kris Larson, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth is exactly the kind of politician who will help shut down this country. What an insane comment she gave. If she believes that, she isn’t smart enough to be in employed in service to the people.
commented 2018-01-08 12:34:01 -0500
Tammie good point about Unions. Unions are actually at the bottom of all this, same in Alberta. If these socialists have their way they will unionize the entire country and Atlas will shrug.

James, jimmy, frankie really doesn’t get it. He is still going on about 100 per hour.

In your link James: The pub owner in Kingston does not understand how business works either, and having now passed his cost down to the customer will only effect his bottom line. If he goes tits up because his raised prices turn customers away he won’t be keeping any employees at any wage. Makes sense to me, not.

He says. "“The whole idea behind the wage increase is to make things more equitable,” Gary Cork said. “We certainly don’t want any negative spin-off to happen to our staff as a result.”
No, Gary, the negative spin off will be to your customers and to your bottom line.
I would be interested to see if that pub is open this time next year. Give me a break James Frankie.
commented 2018-01-08 12:31:44 -0500
Minimum wage hikes of the magnitude we see in Ontario suggest foresight deficiencies on the part of the provincial government. Yet Premier Wynne adds insult to injury by bullying a private company or, more specifically, the owners of a Tim Horton’s franchise in Cobourg, who are merely trying to keep their business afloat (and hopefully save employees jobs) by cutting overhead costs that will help offset wage increases.

Consequences of an increased minimum wage might include, but not be limited to, increased costs for consumers, reduced hours for employees or, worse, layoffs or a combination of some or all of the above scenarios. Some businesses, especially small stand alone independents, might actually go under.

Indeed, a policy requiring employees to pay for their uniforms and take lunch breaks without pay seems a lesser evil, especially if everyone keeps their jobs without hours being reduced.

On a final note, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth does not help matters when she asserts that employers who cannot budget for wage hikes should get out of the business world altogether. Does she not realize that her “solution” throws all of those companies’ employees out of work? Is this her best response to anyone questioning the wisdom of a minimum wage increase? Methinks Ms Hoggarth should be short listed for Mark Latham’s left-wing lunatic of the week.

Kris Larsen
Halifax, NS
commented 2018-01-08 10:04:44 -0500
21% forced wage increase on small business’ for a 16-24 year old population (majority of minimum wage earners) who are still living at home, doesn’t sound reasonable to me, or to a number of small business owners I have spoken with. They have explained how the Provincial & Federal government are making it increasingly more difficult for them. They themselves are working very long hours and have to make some tough choices. Many have said they will no longer hire inexperienced applicants and give them training, a foot in the door so to speak, with raises after successful completion of probation period and proven ability to handle the duties & reponsibilities.

Unionized workers will demand increases to keep in step with Wynne’s large wage increases to unskilled workers.
Those who are paid above minimum wage in small business operations will demand increases as well.

I came across this interesting article a couple of months ago and it stuck with me.
http://business.financialpost.com/investing/small-business-owners-are-facing-a-triple-whammy-that-could-wipe-out-the-value-of-their-lifes-work-heres-an-example
commented 2018-01-08 00:32:31 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

I get that you are wrong. 14 dollars is still in the window of reasonable given that minimum wage jobs are no longer for high school kids. 100 dollars is insane and would destroy the world essentially when it comes to the economy.

The dust will eventually settle, businesses will adapt and it will be the norm. Just like every single other time the minimum wage has risen since the 80’s and there was the same backlash. How can we afford to pay 8 dollars an hour, how can we afford to pay 10 dollars an hour, how can we afford to pay 11 dollars an hour – they all eventually did and still made a profit. It’s the same thing now and it will pass.

You should watch this video. You might learn something from a small business owner who supports the increase, even though he has to make some cuts here and there to pay his employees what they deserve as he explains.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3944421/tim-hortons-paid-breaks-ontario-wage-hike/
commented 2018-01-07 19:21:11 -0500
James Crockett you claimed to have an understanding about the economy , you do not. Nor does the left , they deal in fantasy and imagination. And yeah Tim Hortons makes millions a year , that does not mean each location makes that much. This is about 2 locations , not the whole company , and if they do not make money they close down.
commented 2018-01-07 18:52:31 -0500
Common Sense, the troll is easy to spot.

Liza, yikes is right!
commented 2018-01-07 18:42:58 -0500
Yikes! I suspected it was frankie/jimmy etc. Gordo Steele and the Sun comments section was before my time. (tuned in but didn’t even read comments there)
I knew he was rather despicable but…..yikes!
commented 2018-01-07 18:12:08 -0500
Tammie, it is Steele. Same teat suckling hypocrite who called people of colour “smoked meat” in the Sun comments section and got it shut down. You are wasting your time on yet another paid troll Gordo Steele alias. He even deserted his cancer stricken wife, lied about a dead fictitious sister, etc.. it’s Gordo for sure.
commented 2018-01-07 17:20:48 -0500
Ron, he treads a little lightly when posting under a new moniker and with each day it sounds more and more like Frank/Jack x2 /Jimmy/Gordon x2/ James x2 / Sarah

Personally, I think Andrew Stephenson and Jay Kelly is the same woman.
commented 2018-01-07 16:47:50 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt—Both James and Frank want to win, however Frank isn’t as serious as James. My guess is Andrew and James .
commented 2018-01-07 15:24:36 -0500
James Crockett/ Frank Hohimer et al,

In looking at what Al posted, I will redirect your attention to what he pointed out to you, "“In logic, reductio ad absurdum is a form of argument which attempts either to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove one by showing that if it were not true, the result would be absurd or impossible.”

Do you get it now?

The Wynne government is already destroying the economy. In her logic 14 bucks an hour would enrich people. Then why not give 200 an hour and make them even richer? Because neither one will work."

Neither one will work, again, neither one will work!
commented 2018-01-07 14:03:27 -0500
Al Peterson,

I did not watch the videos, but I am happy to know that you were joking about the $100 an hour and that you know it is an idiotic argument against minimum wage.
commented 2018-01-07 14:01:14 -0500
Drew Wakariuk,

Please explain in relation to what I was talking about or are you just making a random comment that doesn’t really have anything to do with the discussion going on here?
commented 2018-01-07 11:11:03 -0500
Thanks, James. I don’t think you watched the video links I included or you would have known I was not serious. Give them a watch. Good stuff and god thinking there.
commented 2018-01-07 09:20:00 -0500
Let’s flip the lefty narrative from people earning too little to people unfairly earning too much; and maybe Wynne and all Ontario public servant employees could have their salaries and benefits tithed and redistributed to the poor. It’s always easier to pick on small business or tax folks working in the private sector but true Socialism should start at home. Come on Wynne lead by example, give something up, my pockets are empty.
commented 2018-01-07 02:44:54 -0500
James you are on the left you do not understand the economy.
commented 2018-01-07 02:28:07 -0500
Al Peterson,

Well you can never be too sure these days when it comes to people you talk to online, because plenty of people online made the same stupid $100 dollars an hour argument as well and they are completely serious, obviously not knowing how the economy works and why $100 dollars an hour would essentially destroy the economy and make the financial crisis of 2008 look like paradise by comparison.
commented 2018-01-07 01:30:30 -0500
JAMES CROCKETT commented 2018-01-06 18:11:43 0500
Put plainly, it would destroy the whole economy. -
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You can make the argument that $14 is too much, but it’s ridiculous to do so by saying well why don’t we raise the minimum wage to $150 an hour. It’s silly and illogical.


James, I see you are not a connoisseur of sarcasm. What do they teach kids in school these days?As for the illogical and silly argument, it is a standard tactic in the filed of logic to discredit an opposing argument. It is called reductio ad absurdum. i.e. reducing the argument to absurdity. Here is the Wikipedia entry:

“In logic, reductio ad absurdum is a form of argument which attempts either to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove one by showing that if it were not true, the result would be absurd or impossible.”

Do you get it now?

The Wynne government is already destroying the economy. In her logic 14 bucks an hour would enrich people. Then why not give 200 an hour and make them even richer? Because neither one will work.
commented 2018-01-07 01:09:06 -0500
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT you hit the nail right on the head – Frank Hohimer = JAMES CROCKETT = Jimmy duh Silva.
He can change his name to try and fool everyone but he can’t get away from his snarky, idiotic comments and the style in which he posts.
commented 2018-01-07 00:48:30 -0500
Edward Jobin,

I know Richmond Hill very well. I grew up in Thornhill.

I also find that the businesses who complain the most about minimum wage are the ones that can afford it the most.
commented 2018-01-07 00:34:43 -0500
James Crockett I do appreciate the struggles small businesses starting up especially in smaller communities face. So a drastic raise when you are getting off the ground can really hobble you but having grown up in Richmond Hill and now living in the sticks I can also add that, although a generalisation in my opinion some of the wealthiest people here as opposed to where I grew up are the greatest skinflints around and sadly for those who grew up I these communities they don’t see allot of opportunity to just pack up and move to the city where house prices are astronomical. Although there a reasonable amount of youth employed I these jobs there is also a considerable amount of adults who need these jobs as well and there is no unions that waste their time trying to sell their services in these small Podunk counties. Not that I am pro-union by any means but they have served some historical purposes. I just know too many people who are completely at the mercy of companies who know how desperately some of these people need their jobs and will just put up with whatever.
commented 2018-01-06 22:03:47 -0500
Edward Jobin,

You are correct. Most Tim Hortons make many millions of dollars a year. They can afford this, which is why there is huge backlash and even Tim Hortons head office are against the actions of the Royce franchise.
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