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The minister of Labour Jean Boulet is said to be “very sensitive” to the issue of the minimum wage, but he seemed to close the door on the option of $ 15 per hour.
Québec solidaire (QS) urges the government caquiste to disclose its intentions regarding the possible increase in the minimum wage, which should take place in may.
In an interview with The canadian Press, on Saturday, the mp solidaire in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Alexandre Leduc, recalled that it was necessary to reveal the nature of the increase in several months in advance so that companies can prepare accordingly.
Generally, he said, the government announces its colors in the month of December, but this time, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), has remained silent.
QS took the opportunity to reiterate his claim of raising the minimum wage to $ 15, the only solution that would allow vulnerable workers to meet their needs, according to the party.
It would be even more advantageous in a context of shortage of labour, added Mr Leduc.
The member solidarity had not meant to say what increase would be acceptable, but he referred to the example of Ontario, where the minimum hourly wage is $ 14. At this time, the minimum wage in Quebec is $12.
During the election campaign, the CAQ had opposed a minimum wage increase to $ 15. The prime minister François Legault, the then head of the QCA, said he was concerned that this measure would interfere with the job.
In an interview with the daily Le Devoir in December last, the minister of Labour Jean Boulet said he was “very sensitive” to the issue of the minimum wage, but he seemed to close the door on the option of $ 15 per hour.