Posted on Sep 8, 2017
Reality Check: UCP Leadership Candidate wants nearly 20 per cent rollback of minimum wage
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September 8, 2017
EDMONTON – UCP leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer wants a nearly 20% rollback of the minimum wage in 2019. Taking away nearly a fifth of minimum wage workers’ paycheques will hurt families, increase poverty and hurt the Alberta economy.
Alberta’s minimum wage will be $15 per hour in 2019. UCP candidate Schweitzer called for the minimum wage to roll back $2.80, or an 18.7% decrease. This follows the statements made by UCP members of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, who opposed increasing the minimum wage at all.
What does it say about a party that wants to give those at the top a big tax break, while cutting the paycheques of Alberta’s lowest paid workers? They have the wrong priorities.
The UCP caucus must distance themselves from this draconian policy.
 Doug Schweitzer, September 7 2017. http://www.dougschweitzer.com/schweitzer_announces_minimum_wage_proposal