N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberal government’s plan to raise Ontario’s minimum wage is just a move to shore up votes ahead of next year’s election.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced the minimum wage will go up to 15 dollars an hour over the next 18 months, as part of sweeping changes to labour laws in the province.
Horwath has long pushed for a 15-dollar minimum wage and says until now, the Liberals have done little to address what she calls “the erosion of people’s standard of living.”
And Wellington Halton Hills conservative MPP Ted Arnott says yes, adjusting the minimum wage is important. But he too, smells the election rat. Arnott also expresses concerns about the proposals effect on jobs and the province’s businesses
Wynne also outlined plans to ensure part-time workers get equal pay, and for workers to get three weeks of paid vacation a year after five years with a company.