The Liberal Party claim that a 25 per cent increase in the minimum wage would result in 50,000 lost jobs in B.C. is mostly false.You’ve probably heard Liberal leader Gordon Campbell on the campaign trail talking about the NDP proposal to raise the minimum wage. He says if the minimum wage is raised from the current $8/hr to $10/hr, 50,000 people will lose their jobs.
Here’s what he’s said on April 7, 2009, “we'll lose 50,000 jobs in British Columbia from that one announcement alone.”
On April 23, 2009 during the radio debate, “the wage recommendations [the NDP has] will cost 50,000 jobs in small business.”
On May 3, 2009 during the TV debate, “[Carole James] has to have the wherewithal to stand up to workers and say here's your pink slip, you're out of work.”
It’s safe to say he wants voters to come away thinking that in James gets in, they might be out…of a job.
We looked into where Campbell’s “50,000” number came from and what we found is that the jury is still out on how a 25 per cent minimum wage hike, or from $8/hr-$10/hr would affect B.C.