Business owners all across the province have been sounding alarm bells about the unintended consequences of the NDP’s ideological drive to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 per hour.
One Lethbridge business owner is speaking out. Scott Crichton owns seven pubs and has over 200 employees. He has spent 15 years building his businesses and told Global News that he will lay off 50% of his staff trying absorb the new minimum wage. He has already cut back his staff by 5%, or 10 jobs, just to cope with the last minimum wage hike in 2015.
Crichton says he could be forced to move to a zero service restaurant concept to save costs, save the few remaining jobs in the restaurant and keep the doors open for another day. These are the harsh decisions reckless NDP policies are forcing Alberta companies to make.
Adding insult to injury, Crichton’s own MLA, NDP’s Maria Fitzpatrick said this about him:
“It’s sad and disappointing a business would rather have a greater profit margin than keeping people employed at a wage where they can afford food and pay for a roof over their head. Certainly $15 an hour is not extravagant”
Fitzpatrick just called a man doing the things he needs to do to save jobs selfish.
Has Fitzpatrick ever created a single job or run a business? Of course not. She’s a former Public Service Alliance of Canada union activist who spent 32 years as a federal corrections officer.
This is the NDP though, who think hard working job creators are evil, greedy and selfish.
Isn’t the person who wants to take what you’ve earned the greedy one?