In the past decade, the cost of living in Saskatchewan has increased by more than 20 per cent. We’ve also experienced higher consumption taxes and decreased services due to cuts. At the same time, we have the shameful position of having the lowest minimum wage in all of Canada, the highest rates of child poverty in Canada, and we’ve seen food bank use rise 77 per cent since 2008. It is clear Saskatchewan has a poverty problem – it’s also clear that increasing the minimum wage by nickels and dimes each year is not nearly enough to solve this problem.
It’s time Saskatchewan started demonstrating real leadership; it’s time to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour!