Posted on Jul 26, 2016

Why Minimum Wage is Vital

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Every working albertan should be able to afford housing, transportation and food.

As a social worker, I have seen good, honest, hardworking people slip through the cracks and suffer through no fault of their own. That's why I strongly support the gradual increase to minimum wage over the next few years.

Giving people dignity for their work is more than just gratifying, it's the right thing to do. It stimulates the economy as individuals have more income and are therefore more likely to be able to afford things that were traditionally out of reach. Increasing the minimum wage is a world trend and by implementing this, it puts Alberta ahead of the pack. The facts, not the myths are that, the majority of minimum wage earners are adult females trying to pay the bills. Trying to survive on $11.20 for minimum wage earners isn't enough and that is why this legislative is so pivotal. This move will also help out the front lines of our social services, as less people will need income assistance or other social programs that operate on government funds. It will create space in our overcrowded social housing as less individuals need supportive living.

This is more than just handing out cash, its about providing economic security to Alberta's most vulnerable. That's why I am proud to support the Government's move to increase minimum wage here in Alberta.