Conservatives vote against $15 minimum wage

Community News & Features Nov 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Ontario Conservatives voted against Ontario’s Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, effectively saying no to a $15 minimum wage, no to equal pay for part-time and full-time workers, no to expanded personal emergency leave, and no to at least three weeks of vacation after five years of service.

They promised to roll back a $15 minimum wage and delay the full increase by another four years.

“Despite our growing economy, some Ontarians are working full-time yet are struggling to pay rent, put food on the table or care for their families. These people can’t afford to wait,” said Kevin Flynn, Liberal MPP for Oakville. “For them, delaying a minimum wage increase is the same as denying one. They understand better than anyone that what the Conservatives are proposing is unfair.”

“Our plan is different, phasing in a $15 minimum wage over 18 months. By tying increases to inflation, minimum wage could be upwards of $16 by 2022 too.”

Only the Ontario Liberals are willing to fight for fairness, standing with those who worry about falling behind even as they work so hard to get ahead. Together with free tuition, rent control, and OHIP+, our plan is another another step towards increasing fairness and creating more opportunity.