EDMONTON ― Rachel Notley, Alberta’s Premier designate and NDP leader, has promised to implement a wage hike by 2018, but the impact continues to be disputed, as reported in the Edmonton Journal.
According to the news source, advocates say the new $15 minimum wage hike will lift Albertans out of poverty, while opposers argue it will eliminate thousands of jobs. Morley Gunderson, University of Toronto economist, sees both sides of the story. “Gunderson, a minimum wage expert, says politically charged comments from both sides are not supported by academic studies,” says the Journal report by Karen Kleiss.
If the wage does change, Alberta will be the first Canadian province to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour. It would mark an increase from $10.20 three years ago. [edmontonjournal.com]