If a business owner can’t afford the upcoming minimum-wage spike which is one of the largest in the province’s history, they do not deserve to keep operating, or so said Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth.
The Liberal MPP made the comment during a news conference with Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn at Barrie’s Community Wholeness Centre Dec. 7. Flynn was in the city touting the recently approved Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.
“If you’re going to go out of business on the backs of your employees because you can’t afford to pay them this, perhaps you should reassess your business plan and whether you should be an employer,” Hoggarth said. “This is the right thing to do.”
Sadly it seems Hoggarth’s beliefs about the right thing to do involve bankrupting large portions of Canada’s self-employed business.
This legislation includes increases to the general minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1, $15 in January 2019 and annual bumps to match the rate of inflation after that.
It also mandates a number of other changes to labour practices in the province, including: equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal workers doing the same job as full-time employees; an expansion of personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year; and a ban on employers requiring a physician’s sick note. Employees will also get at least three weeks of vacation after five years of working for the same employer.
These mandated increases are by no means small and by no means planned out. We will only see small mom and pop business closing to be replaced by large corporations. Sadly though I am not surprised to see the Ontario Liberals maintaining this “we set policy and don’t care about the results” mentality.
As on the same day, Hoggarth also addressed the social media uproar over a Barrie butcher, Lawrence Vindum, who said he was forced out of business due to electricity cost increases, and the anticipated effect of the minimum wage hike. Instead of responding to the problem with any plans to actually fix the provinces ailing energy system, she responded by attacking the butcher due to his PC leanings.
As a spectator in many ways, these actions make the Liberal government look like a group who only cares about their specific voters, and is willing to do anything to satisfy them.
Even if it means creating policies which are disastrous in the long term.