Recently, in the news, it has been reported that the Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, and the Liberal MPP from Barrie, Ann Hoggarth, are of the opinion that if you as small business owners cannot afford the new minimum wage, produced under the "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017," you should "reassess your business plan and whether you should be an employer."
SERIOUSLY! How short sighted are these officials and how inept are they? They aren't, they're merely misleading you.
The Minister of Labour, MPP Flynn has stated that with the increase is pay the employees will have more disposable income. Really?
So let's look at this from a reasonable, logical and common sense aspect. A business has to increase the amount they pay their employees. Consider this, they will also have to meet dollar for dollar all CPP, which is a percentage of the persons pay, and for every dollar the employee puts into E.I., the business pays $1.40. This is an increase. Then, there is the percentage for Health Care added, with a increase in your pay, based on percentages of your wage.
The next question is, what entity is the only entity to increase their coffers with this increase? The only entity that actually receives the increase is the government. Think about this.
Businesses must put the costs of goods and services up to cover this increase, and as the H.S.T. is based on the percentage of the costs of goods and services government gets more. Then there is also the income tax generated by the higher wages, the CPP increase based on percentage of wages paid, the E.I. increase based on percentages of wages paid. This isn't an increase for the working people. This is an increase to line the coffers of government, nothing more, nothing less.
This increase is to trick you into voting for them, because they haven't explained (i) you will be paying more for goods and services so business can stay in business, (ii) unemployment will increase, with either businesses laying people off or closing their doors, as suggested by the Liberals, (iii) you will have less disposable income, because you will be paying more taxes both on your wages earned and on the goods and services you need.
Most employers want their employees to have a good life and they want to pay their employees a good wage. Government, on the other hand, is making it impossible for your employer to do this, and government is making it impossible for you to even survive because of over-taxation, electricity pricing, interference with your everyday life.
Think about it! This wage increase is not for you, the employee, it's to pay for government mismanagement. That's what this is all about.
We, the Trillium Party of Ontario, know about, being an employee, how hard it is to get through everyday, and business.
If you want better government, try something Different and something Way Better for you, the Trillium Party of Ontario.
Elizabeth F. Marshall,
Candidate – Trillium Party of Ontario, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound