Liberals plan on a major boost to the minimum wage jumping from the current $11.40 to as high as $15

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MayorOfToronto wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 11:12 am
What number? Are you talking about $15? Because it's not random. It's the amount needed for a full-time worker to be just above the poverty line with our current economy/market/cost of living.
i think it is a good move, eventually we will have basic income with robots doing bulk of the work, the future is not to have everyone work but rather have people relax and be happy
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divx wrote:
Oct 1st, 2017 1:08 am
i think it is a good move, eventually we will have basic income with robots doing bulk of the work, the future is not to have everyone work but rather have people relax and be happy
It won't ever work out like that.

The government and economy aren't ready for the robots to take over and they're not moving fast enough to prepare for it.

People will starve, people will be homeless, people will die.
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at1212b wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 11:20 am
Where's the Ontario specific study on that? Everybody knows it was a 'wow' driven political move. No warning to anybody, no consultation, no known study.
There were community and public stakeholder consultations throughout 2016. The meetings were advertised on and in local newspapers. The final study isn't public because it's not a mandated report but rather an internal research document.
MayorOfToronto wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 1:46 pm
This was a political move by the Liberals.
The Province's Poverty Reduction Strategy was developed and launched in 2007. The Poverty Reduction Office releases annual reports on it. So while it was developed when the Liberals were in power (under McGuinty), it's not new and not related to the upcoming election. There have been job postings to work at this office if you want to try to get a public sector job and see how government works compared to the assumptions made by people on RFD :P
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Not only was the decision for a $15/per hour minimum wage political, but it was also made out of necessity for all the failed Liberal scams that caused the cost of living to balloon in the province over 14 years. Unaffordable Hydro, carbon taxes, and all sorts of new fees (just look at the cost of getting a plate sticker) has seriously hurt people.

Since the government can't fix these problems other than temporarily band-aid them, they've decided to just raise the minimum wage dramatically and make it someone else's problem (re: businesses and consumers). It's a pretty stupid gamble as it will hurt people, especially students more in the long run since businesses will be reconsidering their hiring positions. Remember, with $15/per hour employers will be facing higher payroll taxes, matching contributions, etc.
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tk1000 wrote:
Aug 4th, 2017 8:22 am
Ontario hints at tax breaks to ease impact of $15 minimum wage
Province could exempt the first $450,000 of small-business income from taxes, as is done in Manitoba. ... -2019.html
Ontario's Liberal government will slash small business taxes as part of $500 million in new investments aimed at easing the transition to the province's increasing minimum wage.
The corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day the province will increase its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14.

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