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...
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