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Fact Check: Mulcair’s minimum wage mirage

Posted on August 8, 2015

OSHAWA – Canadians are not reacting well to Thomas Mulcair’s misleading “national minimum wage” mirage. The NDP pretends it is offering a national $15 minimum wage, but in reality, it would affect less than one percent of workers.   That is because it would only apply to so-called “federally regulated industries,” like banks, where almost no one earns the minimum wage.

In fact, in 2008, the last time Human Resources and Skills Development Canada measured, only 416 Canadians working in federally regulated industries earned minimum wage.

Here is what Canadians had to say about the NDP promise:

“Waitress Katie Evans also described the NDP ad as misleading. She thought it meant people like her would be getting a salary boost.”  “‘I’m an NDP supporter, [but] they need to make it clear what they are advocating,’ said Naomi Garber. ‘I would have thought it was a minimum wage, which meant that anybody who gives a wage has to pay a minimum of $15 an hour. I would have been wrong.’”

(Huffington Post, August 5, 2015)

Oshawa Liberal Candidate Tito-Dante Marimpietri proudly supported a mandatory living wage while on Oshawa City Council and says he will champion for a guaranteed minimum income in the House of Commons. He criticized Thomas Mulcair for misleading 99% of workers with his minimum wage mirage.

“Thomas Mulcair has failed to mention to Canadians that his so-called ‘national minimum wage’ does not apply to the vast majority of Canadians, like restaurant and hotel workers, yet Mulcair keeps pretending it does,” said Mr. Marimpietri. “Only Justin Trudeau has a plan for real change to restore fairness to the middle class and ensure Canadians have money in their pockets to save, invest, and grow the economy.”

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