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Saturday, March 28, 2009

We might be contradictory, but at least we're not backpeddling!

At a time when Ontario PCs are ramping up for a leadership race (that's about to start in earnest on Monday) in an attempt to make themselves something resembling relevant again, members are (or should be) paying attention to where their likely leadership contenders stand on the issues.

It might be a bit confusing for some to see Tim Hudak, the perceived front runner in the race, coming out against further minimum wage increases (and rightly so when Ontario jobs are already disappearing) but insisting that they must be implemented if they were announced in this week's budget.

Ontario Progressive Conservative finance critic Tim Hudak, whose party doesn't support an increase to the minimum wage, said he expects the government to stick by the budget they present.

Minimum wage has increased in Ontario extremely quickly since McGuinty became Premier in 2003. It wouldn't be politically difficult to consistently oppose this job-killing policy, even if it is in the Liberal budget.

Posted by Janet Neilson on March 28, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Janet, it is easy to demonstrate that minimum wage laws do not help the economy, but hurt it. However, supporting them pays politically. Especially in Ontario.

Posted by: TM | 2009-03-28 9:55:14 AM


Ontario is increasingly resembling New York in the seventies. For that matter, so is much of Europe. Perhaps that is the reason Canadian leaders feel on firmer ground copying European policies than American ones. That, and in inability to forgive the War of 1812.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-03-28 10:03:53 AM


Janet, it is easy to demonstrate that minimum wage laws do not help the economy, but hurt it. However, supporting them pays politically. Especially in Ontario.

Posted by: TM | 2009-03-28 9:55:14 AM

That is (unfortunately) true, but the minimum wage has increased so much and so quickly that I don't think opposing a hike would be politically costly at this point. I think most non-NDP Ontarians recognize that the province has to do something to make itself more attractive to business or it will continue to hemorrhage jobs.

Posted by: Janet | 2009-03-28 2:26:13 PM


The harmonized tax would work if it did not amount to a huge hike in taxes, which it does. The big question is, what happened to Flaherty?

Posted by: Realist | 2009-03-29 12:21:11 AM


Boomers picked Rae, Dalton and Now back stabbed John T. Time to go to your institutional seniors home and the next generation fixes your f&&&up!!!!

Posted by: Bob London | 2009-03-29 10:24:56 PM


Those who are earning minimum wage are the ones concerned with raising the minimum wage.
A man-on-the-street survey I did tonight at the local (East 905er) Timmies (ok, so maybe that's a man-in-the-donut-shop survey) confirmed my hunch that the average person has no clue what the min. wage is and thinks it's pretty good. Most of those who did know the min. wage told me that they never vote.
Statistically significant? Absolutely not. Telling? Perhaps.
But most importantly, the donut eating cohort that did claim to vote said that they like politicians who don't flip-flop.
There is your political suicide... not the halt of minimum wage increases... but a halt on integrity.

Posted by: Kim | 2009-03-30 1:43:05 AM



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