“Today’s NDP, the Only Party to Support a Strong Minimum Wage with Regular Increases” Selinger

Oct 2, 2011 | Government News

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McFadyen would leave too many families behind.

Today’s NDP has raised the minimum wage every year for 11 years in a row, and a re-elected NDP government will continue to support hard-working Manitobans with regular minimum wage increases.

Greg Selinger

“The minimum wage is about fairness – it’s about helping ensure everyone shares in the benefits of our strong economy,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “We made Manitoba the first province to eliminate the small business tax, and I’m proud to say we’ve combined that with a strong minimum wage. Our policies support job creation and reward hard work.”

On the day when Manitoban’s minimum wage rises to $10 per hour, the Premier noted that approximately 28,000 Manitobans earn minimum wage. Most of them are adults, and almost half work full time.

Hugh McFadyen’s PCs have long opposed a strong minimum wage. The last time they were in power they only increased the minimum wage four times in eleven years. The increases did not even keep up with inflation. More recently, Hugh McFadyen’s dismissal of minimum wage increases as “political candy” left a sour taste in the mouths of minimum wage workers, 1,400 of whom are single parents.

“Many of us got our start working minimum wage jobs. I know how important those increases are to the people doing those jobs. Many are students working to put themselves through college and university. Some are coming off social assistance. Manitoba families can count on us,” Jennifer Howard said.

Minimum wage earners spend their wages quickly in the local economy. That means minimum wage increases stay right here in Manitoba, helping to support jobs and economic growth. The only reason for Hugh McFadyen to oppose minimum wage increases is that he is out of touch with the values and priorities of regular Manitoba families.

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