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Do you think the Ontario economy will benefit from the increase to the minimum wage?
No   85     69%
Yes   39     31%
 Total Votes: 124

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Jack  ( January 9, 2018)
The hypocrisy of the Wynne government never fails to amaze. Wynne bullied the business owners with her minimum wage legislation and the end result is that many employees will get the dirty end of the stick when their hours are reduced and they end up earning less take home pay.

Gus  ( January 9, 2018)
The problem for critics of minimum wage increases is that history doesn't back up their 'sky-is-falling' claims. In 2015 minimum wage was increased in Alberta by $1.00. A C.D.Howe institute study claimed between 54,000 and 195,000 jobs would be lost. Between 2015-17 and despite the minimum wage being raised 40,000 jobs were created in the service sector. Furthermore in 2007 Alberta raised minimum wage by 14%, Quebec in 2010 by 12% and BC in 2011-12 by 28%, none of these cases resulted in major job losses.
Ryan  ( January 8, 2018)
The restaurant industry is already cheap enough as it is in the north west, this area in particular. It doesn't matter how much experience or time you have, they still only offer minimum wage for a learning experience. I was forced to leave the industry due to not making a living.
Teddy  ( January 8, 2018)
Forcing small businesses to pay a premium wage for low-skill jobs causes employers to refrain from hiring. History speaks for itself. Wynne's government is grasping at straws to appease the liberal voting base. Watch the unemployment rate creep higher and higher.
Gus  ( January 8, 2018)
Currently Ontario businesses have access to 35 business grant programs, five business loan programs and 22 support programs provided by the province. On top of that $500 million has been earmarked to assist businesses transition to the higher minimum wage. Maybe these programs should be cancelled. I haven't heard any complaints from the business sector about the $500 million. I wonder how many people realise that the student pouring you a cup of coffee at Tim's, 40 to 60 per cent of his/her wages is being paid by taxpayers of Ontario. The same goes to Temporary Foreign Workers.
Robert  ( January 7, 2018)
No matter what private business rules the world. Of course the wage increase will be made up for by the struggling worker who will end up with loss of hours or benefits and the consumers who are the ones to always get nailed with cost increases which keep the ultimate bottom line for business owners with more profit. As for small business being unable to survive as a result, I for one do not want to hear your whining when I attempt to support local business I am met by a closed sign, a locked door and or an extremely limited stock to choose from. Not to mention the frustration of a sign on the door stating business hours open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I am trying at 2 p.m. Saturday to get through the locked door to shop in your business but you have decided to close for some reason.
Gorby  ( January 6, 2018)
I see the back lash has already started. Tim Hortons has stopped paying for breaks. What did this foolish government expect? They have no clue when it comes to economics and especially no clue about small business. But it appears that is a Liberal thing. The next elections can't come fast enough. Provincially and Federally we need to clean house.
Gene  ( January 6, 2018)
I guess with the extra money servers will earn, tipping now will not be needed.
NWO man  ( January 5, 2018)
Kenora has become a minimum-wage economy. Families are struggling to survive in the low-wage service sector. They deserve a raise! Their employers will survive, even if it means that consumers might have to spend an extra dime for their coffees.
ELAINE  ( January 4, 2018)
No, cause rent goes up, hydro goes up water goes up, food goes up. so is an one ahead? I don't think so.