“Abysmal” minimum wage increase moves Saskatchewan from the worst in Canada - to the second-worst in Canada

SASKATOON - NDP Leader Ryan Meili slammed the Sask. Party’s announcement of a 36 cent increase to the minimum wage as of October 1, 2021 as “abysmal” and an insult to front-line workers who have sacrificed so much over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Workers in this province have done everything that the government and public health officials have asked of them - and in return Premier Scott Moe has rewarded them with the second-lowest minimum wage in Canada,” said Meili. “Saskatchewan workers deserve so much better, and the economic recovery we all want to see won’t mean much if it doesn’t include working families being able to get back on their feet.”

As of October 1 only New Brunswick will have a lower minimum wage in Canada. Meili noted that Saskatchewan’s low minimum wage hurts working people and the economy as whole, driving down wages for everyone and hurting local businesses. 

“Premier Scott Moe’s lack of leadership is leaving working families behind,” said Meili. “For local businesses to succeed in their recovery, they need Saskatchewan families who can afford to spend locally. We need a strong minimum wage and a real jobs plan to build a better province and a better economy for everyone.”

Saskatchewan New Democrats have consistently called for a $15 minimum wage.

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Carla Beck to host townhall in Moose Jaw

Dear Moose Jaw Residents,

We hope this message finds you well. As a part of our ongoing commitment to listening to local voices and building made-in-Saskatchewan solutions, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Townhall Meeting in Moose Jaw on February 29 at the Timothy Eaton Centre from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

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