EDMONTON, AB: The United Conservative Party Caucus is urging the NDP government to press pause and release independent economic analysis that outlines the impact of this latest wage hike.
Multiple independent studies from respected think tanks, banks, and financial officers have shown that continuing to move rapidly towards a $15 minimum wage in Alberta:
- Could result in at least 15,000 job losses
- Would disproportionately affect teens, young adults, and recent immigrants, and;
- Would not be an effective way to alleviate poverty, the main claim of the NDP government’s proposal
United Conservative Labour Critics Glenn van Dijken and Prab Gill said that if the NDP won’t take their word that now is not the time for another minimum wage increase, they should listen to their NDP counterpart in British Columbia, Premier John Horgan, who slowed down his government’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.
“It would be entirely irresponsible for an increase to occur until the Premier publicly presents independent economic analysis,” van Dijken said. “Albertans have been through the ringer with the economic downturn. Calgary and Edmonton lead major cities in unemployment. Now is not the time to put ideology over evidence.”
Gill concluded by saying the government’s dogged determination to proceed with its aggressive minimum wage agenda is just another example of the NDP not understanding the unintended consequences of their actions, and that the United Conservatives will continue to be hard at work presenting common-sense ideas to contrast the NDP’s ideological agenda.
Audio of the press conference is available here.