The BC NDP took to the stage in Burnaby this Labour day to double down on their vow to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Despite B.C. getting to a least $11.15 an hour by next September, NDP leader John Horgan says it doesn’t go far enough.
“I think we’re going to have to keep pace with other jurisdictions. We already see we’re lagging behind Alberta and Washington state. That’s the competitive area that we have to operate in.”
But, asked on what his time-frame was to get B.C. to $15 dollars, Horgan would only promise it would be raised in increments.
The rest, he says, will be revealed closer to next year’s provincial election.
“My plan is to lay out before the public when we get to the election, and that’s what I’m going to do. We’re going to do it over time, and I’m going to be working with the business community to make sure that we do it in a way that’s measured but focused. And I’ve made it clear to the business leaders that I’ve spoken with that it’s a priority for me and it should be a priority for them.”