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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?

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  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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LETTER: Message to parents of children 12 and under regarding COVID-19 Vaccines in BC

Do you believe your child is mature enough to offer qualified informed consent?

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School-aged children are now legally allowed to consent to a Covid vaccine. This became official in BC in May 2021 when Dr. Bonnie Henry invoked the Infants Act, Section 7, which states the government can provide medical treatment if the child consents. It is called “mature minor consent.”

A child is not allowed to drink, drive, vote, or be at home alone. Do you believe your child is “mature” enough, intellectually and emotionally prepared, to offer qualified informed consent as a “mature minor” – a decision that can affect the rest of their lives?

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RE: MAKICHUK: Seeking economic diversity when it’s all going to hell

I am a new subscriber to Western Standard and I want to say it’s refreshing to read your no-nonsense articles.

In fact, I enjoy reading all the columnists and it’s good to see some “voices of reason” within such a plethora of left-wing loonies.

Gary Sutherland
Calgary, AB

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LETTER: Alberta government needs to step up and fight for province

Why hasn’t any recent premier of Alberta stood up for our province against Ottawa. I thought that finally, we had a champion in Jason Kenney, but he turned out to be another of Trudeau’s useful idiots. 

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RE: MAKICHUK: Thoughts, dreams and hopes for an independent West

I am a supporter of the Western Standard. I read your piece on an independent West, and I agree with you for sure.

A couple of points; Why hasn’t any recent premier of Alberta stood up for our province against Ottawa. I thought that finally, we had a champion in Jason Kenney, but he turned out to be another of Trudeau’s useful idiots. 

He spoke many times before his election and a few times after, of the federal government staging “yet another attack on Alberta and our energy sector.”

I wonder how many times do you need to be attacked before you realize that you are at war?

It seems that no one, not Jason Kenney, not even Ralph Klein or Peter Lougheed had an undertaking of the constitution.

If they did, they would understand each of the provinces are already independent states within a confederation of independent states.

We already have control of our future. We just refuse to use that control. We ARE independent, we simply need to exercise our independence. 

Our government needs to step up and truly represent Albertans and protect our future, our rights, and our prosperity.

Maybe dust off that copy of the constitution, if we still have one.

Kurt Schiller
Bruderheim, AB

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