Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 01, 2007 09:30 ET

Vote NDP to Make Sure Dalton McGuinty Doesn't Let Down Lowest-Paid Workers Again, Says Hampton

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton is committed to raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour immediately to help lift over a million workers, including a disproportionate number of women and New Canadians, above the poverty line and help the economy.

"Dalton McGuinty let down hard-working families when he pushed through a $40,000 pay raise for himself, but told minimum wage workers they would have to wait three years to earn $10 an hour. McGuinty's $40,000 pay raise is the same amount an average Ontario man earns in an entire year. The pay hike is 54 per cent more than the $25,600 earned by the average Ontario woman," said Hampton.

For the 237,000 Ontario workers who work hard for minimum wage, and for the 1.2 million Ontarians who earn less than $10 an hour, the NDP's fair wages plan will mean their hard work will be rewarded with the chance to earn a decent living and get ahead.

"Our plan is 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 Hampton.

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 an hour 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.

"You can count on the NDP to fight for a fair deal for you and your family. The best way to make sure Dalton McGuinty doesn't let down lowest-paid workers again is to vote NDP," said Hampton.

As part of their campaign commitments, the NDP will roll back Dalton McGuinty's extravagant $40,000 pay hike. Since the Liberal and Conservative MPPs pushed through the pay hike, New Democratic MPPs have donated their raises to charity.

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