Wages, poverty line

Posted on October 11, 2016 in Debates

TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinion/Letters to the Editor –
Oct. 10, 2016.   Sid Frankel

Wages, poverty line

It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejects a federal minimum wage increase as part of a poverty reduction strategy (Trudeau Says Liberals Not Looking At Raising Federal Minimum Wage – Oct. 7).

He pits minimum wage increases against government expenditures on infrastructure and children’s benefits, as if they cannot occur simultaneously. What does Mr. Trudeau have against employers paying their share? Should not a full-time worker be guaranteed an income above the poverty line from her or his salary?

Sid Frankel, associate professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

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