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WATCH: NDP wants minimum wage at $12 per hour

Comes on same day as province introduces legislation

The NDP has announced it wants a $12 minimum wage in Ontario on the same day the province is introducing legislation on the matter.

Party leader Andrea Horwath says she agrees with the Liberal move to hike the minimum wage to $11 an hour as of June 1st - up 75 cents.

However, instead of putting inflationary increases in place right away, Horwath wants a 50 cent increase in 2015 and the same in 2016.

The proposed legislation would outline giving businesses a four-month heads up on April 1st of a year for a hike which will be implemented in October. If passed, the increase will be tied to inflation after this year.

Horwath says along with her plan to increase minimum wage, she wants to give small businesses a break, cutting tax rates from 4.5 per cent to 4 per cent this June. It would go down to 3.5 per cent next years, and 3 per cent in 2016.

However, Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi says the NDP has been absent in the minimum wage debate. He says the party missed its opportunity to impact what the new policy will be.

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  1. john posted on 02/25/2014 01:38 PM
    man this chick dont get it dos she ? i am going to explane it to everybody who will listen to what i am saying . i used to run a company so i know what i am talking about .
    we got this thing called income . now
    company needs this thing called profit . in order to keep going the money that comes into the company has to be more then what thay are paying out . now the increase in min pay is a good ideal . BUT the company will have no choice but to cuts costs and the first thing thay will cut the the workers . as well as laying off people . cause thay cant make a profit . she dos not understand that as for the taxes thats the only good ideal i have heard yet . if this is trure and it comes ( dont hold your breath ) it will be better and companys will hire more people as the result . .
    1. Gertie posted on 02/25/2014 02:37 PM
      @john All I can say is this, I hate to be an employee at the company that you run because there is no heads nor tails to what you said or in it's structure. There is even help here called spell check, did you just push, Ignore... Ignore ....Ignore????? Seriously? You more than likely have valid points, but dude, people really don't pay much attention to this kind of presentation. This is not intended to bash you, just a heads up :)
  2. Dean posted on 02/25/2014 02:08 PM
    Idiocy like this is why we need a Conservative majority government so very badly. The Liberals have proven they can't govern, that should be obvious to anyone, and the NDP are just plain crazy.

    If you want to know what Ontario would be like under Premier Horwath, picture four straight years of a welfare bum getting his girlfriend pregnant and then stealing your wallet, on a provincial scale.
    1. AC posted on 02/25/2014 02:32 PM
      @Dean it's because of income inequality that we are in this situation and you want to back? We're moving forward dude. If we leave it to the far right they would bring back slavery if they could.
      What we need is a strong NDP majority to go after unpaid corporate taxes and reign in the perks that big corp receive. It's time that fairness and social justice superseed greed or we end up like the states where 6 greedy rich effing bankers almost took down a nation
    2. Dean posted on 02/25/2014 02:44 PM
      @AC You know, there was a country called the USSR that tried to do away with income inequality. It didn't work out well for anybody.

      What you call "moving forward," I call nearly half of the paycheck I work all month to earn getting confiscated and handed over to some loser who's never done anything to earn one dime of it. If you want to help these people, quit voting for lunatics like the NDP who want to make it too expensive for companies to create jobs here while at the same time taxing the middle class to death to pay for their ridiculous social engineering.
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