TORONTO–The Ontario government has just announced that minimum wage in this province will increase to $15 an hour from $11.40 an hour in just 18 months.
At a press conference Premier Kathleen Wynne says government “has a responsibility to step up” to help build a fair society.
“I have always believed that government must be a force for good…and that this is the reason it exists. Increasing the minimum wage will make a world of difference in millions of lives,” says Wynne.
Wynne says it has always been a challenge to raise a family on minimum wage, “but recently it has become almost impossible.”Read more
Roderick Benns recently interviewed Toni Pickard about basic income policy. Pickard was a law professor at Queen’s University before she retired and is now the co-founder of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee.
Benns: We hear often that basic income could replace the need for higher minimum wages. Many point out that with the scarcity of jobs, a better minimum wage will only reach a minority of people anyway. What do you believe?
Pickard: For me, minimum wages and basic income go together like bread and butter. Together they are wonderful. Each alone serves a purpose, but only one leaves a lot to be desired. Some recent media discussion seems premised on the view that the two are an either-or proposition. I don’t see why. They have different conceptual bases, different beneficiaries and different payers. There’s no need to choose between them.Read more