Manitoba Liberals would raise minimum wage, create poverty fighting programs

Provincial election win would pave way to $15 minimum wage: Leader
||Last Updated: 08/27/2019
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If the Manitoba Liberals take power in the upcoming provincial election, the minimum wage will jump from $11.35 to $15 in two years, says the party leader. JoelBoily/iStock

WINNIPEG (CP) — Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says he would increase the minimum wage and develop programs to fight poverty if his party were to win the Sept. 10 provincial election.

Lamont says Manitoba has some of the deepest poverty in the country with 71,000 people on welfare.

He says that within two years, he would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from the current $11.35.

He says he would revamp the province's employment and income assistance, which hasn't increased the social housing allowance for more than 20 years.

He would also create a voluntary jobs program that would pay unemployed people to do jobs in the public interest as an alternative to taking unemployment insurance.

Lamont also says he would base minimum basic income on a “negative income tax” model to top up people's income.

“This is a province with enormous opportunities and resources and there is no need for anyone to be living in poverty when there is so much work to be done,” Lamont said in a release Tuesday.

“We have an opportunity and an obligation to end poverty in Manitoba and to provide people with tools and opportunities to lift themselves up.”

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