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LETTER: Minimum wage discussions are often multi-faceted

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

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RE: A $15 hourly minimum wage actually costs student jobs

Thank you for your article on this perpetually divisive subject, and I appreciate the care you took to present a balanced view from both sides.

An adjunct to this discussion is earned pay vs take-home pay. The spread between the two has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, which is (in large part) why many request higher wages.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s often the government that gets the bigger proportionate raise than the employee, via payroll taxes.

When yearly increasing income tax, CPP, and EI amounts are deducted from the earned pay, any modest pay increase does little to improve a person’s actual paycheque.

From the employer’s perspective, they match CPP contributions 50/50, pay the higher proportion of EI deductions at 60/40, and pay 100% of the workers’ compensation premiums. And since these amounts are based on gross and not net pay, the hit to a company’s payroll budget directly impacts their financial ability to hire.

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

Rick Morse
Berwick, NS

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    The Federal Government (Liberal) giveth & taketh away. You didn’t think Justin Trudeau was really concerned about Canadians who are pay cheque to pay cheque or the middle class losing ground because of Trudeau’s idiotic spending spree? Justin doesn’t care folks 7 here is why. A country can not print money like it’s candy then expect the inflation rate not to climb. JT has no plan to stop the spending & the Bank of Canada obliges this insanity.

    Do you feel lied to minimum wage earners? It won’t get better because the Canadian debt caused by Trudeau will have to be paid off by you and I.

    Trudeau will plea it’s because of COVID-19, however, the liberal government has been on the cash cow (taxpayers) since 2015. Five years of his idiotic spending & what do we have to show for it?

    Well?

  4. Left Coast

    July 19, 2021 at 11:56 am

    In BC you just need to go to McDonalds or Wallymart today to see the effect of a $15 minimum wage in BC.
    McDonalds put in Self Serve Kiosks a few years ago . . . eliminating 100s of employees across the province. Wallymart just changed their entire fast checkout lines to Self-Serve Checkouts also eliminating 100 of jobs.

    Minimum wage jobs have always been a place to get your first job, learn and acquire skills and move onward and upward. The majority are Teens and young adults. These opportunities are fading fast . . . Few see minimum wages as a Career Choice.

    In Seattle a number of years ago . . . the $15 minimum wage literally killed a substantial % of the Cities Restaurants.

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“It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.”

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Your article is heartfelt and very impressive.

It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.

If at first, we don’t get far with Quebec, then keep trying. Thanks so much.

Richard Patterson
Ponoka, AB.

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LETTER: The rest of the country may think of Alberta as redneck — let them

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down.

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When will the media start sending out the message vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easy as non-vaccinated people.  In fact, maybe easier due to the mindset of invincibility they feel once vaccinated.

Start spreading the news the experimental drug vaccine only helps your personal immune system. It does not cure, make you immune, or stop you from spreading COVID-19.

The rising list of possible side effects to this untested long-term drug is scary, yet the media seems to ignore this except whatever the Pharma and government passes out. 

How come we don’t hear how many positives have been passed by vaccinated people? 

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well, I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down. 

I think every unvaccinated person, when forced to stand in a line or segregated out, should stand in the line of the vaccinated. Slow the system down. 

Should tell the readers medical history is private.  If I have to sign a document for another doctor to see my records what authority does someone have to even ask me for my medical status to board a plane or get food etc.

Jerry Terpstra
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LETTER: Alberta should be off Equalization hook

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money?

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Alberta should be off the hook for Equalization support to the new Nation of Quebec.

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money? Unless, of course, Trudeau decides their girls need education.

Then the payments could be construed as being for that. The Quebec template is open for us too. Just hold a couple of referendums on separation and no matter the outcome, eventually, we’ll get our way.

Doug Bullick
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