Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 26, 2007 11:12 ET

NDP Momentum-Monitor: Desperate Liberal MPP Dumps His Party's Policy for Hampton's Minimum Wage Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - In this election, Howard Hampton and the NDP team have been gaining support from all quarters - including most recently from a Liberal MPP who has endorsed Hampton's minimum wage plan. This according to Toronto's Eye Weekly:

"Ruprecht sides with NDP on minimum wage issue saying, 'Let's raise minimum wage pay today.'

September 24th, 2007

Sean Kelly Keenan

Liberal incumbent Tony Rupprecht showed his softer side to the Davenport comunity at an anti-poverty focused all-candidates debate last Wednesday, saying he's in favour of raising minimum wage rates sooner rather than later, reports the Bloor-West Villager.

'I say, let's raise minimum wage pay now,' the long-time area politician said. Of course, he didn't say by how much. The Liberals have been touting the work they've done on this issue already, with McGuinty often seen crowing about how he's 'raised minimum wage four times' during his government's first term in office. Yet, Ontario still has a basic pay-rate of a meagre $8 per hour, points out the NDP, who have been advocating for a $10 minimum wage now, with increases to keep pace with inflation in further years. (Source: www.eyeweekly.com/ontario-election-2007/news/?p=146)

Voters in Davenport and across Ontario are right to ask: why should they vote for the Liberal Party led by Dalton McGuinty that won't increase the minimum wage for another 3 years, when they can vote for the NDP led by Howard Hampton who would raise it now?

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