Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 29, 2007 12:50 ET

Ontario's NDP-$10 Minimum Wage Now: Di Novo, Ferreira

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2007) - A $10 minimum wage would help lift thousands of Torontonians above the poverty line and help the city's economy say Toronto NDP candidates. Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park), and Paul Ferreira (York-South Weston) spoke in the heart of Toronto today about the NDP's commitment to raising the minimum wage and rolling back MPP's pay hike.

"More than a million workers in Toronto earn less than $29,800 per year. Many of them are raising children while trying to make ends meet and living below the poverty line, even though they're working full time hours - or longer," said Di Novo.

As one of the party's Six Key Commitments, the NDP would raise the minimum wage to $10/hr immediately and rollback Dalton McGuinty's extravagant $40,000 pay hike.

"At the current minimum wage, a woman living in Toronto and raising two kids has to work 75 hours a week to lift her family above the poverty line," said DiNovo.

Dalton McGuinty's unfair minimum wage of $8 an hour continues to leave thousands of working Torontonians in poverty - primarily women and New Canadians.

Despite giving himself a $40,000 raise, Dalton McGuinty has told Toronto's minimum wage workers that they need to wait three years to earn $10 an hour. The McGuinty Liberals claim it will hurt small business. However studies across North America show that raising the minimum wage actually enhances local economies. Many small business owners in Toronto are active supporters of the NDP's $10/hr minimum wage campaign. They want to pay their workers a fair wage and know that local businesses benefit when people in their communities have more money in their pockets.

"The NDP's plan is good for Toronto. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers. It's good for small business where people who earn minimum wage spend their money. It's practical and sensible. It's the right thing to do," said Ferreira.

Ever since Liberal and Conservative MPPs rammed through the pay hike, New Democratic MPPs have donated their raises to charity.

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