Happy poverty birthday

It reminds me of when I was young and Alberta had the lowest minimum wage in the country and Ralph Klein would say things like:

Premier Gordon Campbell maintains that the minimum-wage law doesn’t need updating because most people in B.C. make more than the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage, according to the premier, would mean many corporations would be forced to lay off employees at a time when jobs are scarce.

But now BC’s $8 minimum wage is the lowest and has been constant for 8 years. Recession or not, people deserve adequate compensation for their labours.

In reality, BC’s real minimum wage is $6 since that’s what they can pay people who are “in training.”

Perhaps we can set a maximum wage too. There’s more than enough work and cash to go around. Let’s share the work and share the pleasure.