François Legault admits it's hard to live on $18 an hour
Prime Minister François Legault
François Legault acknowledged Thursday that it is difficult to live with dignity in Quebec when #x27;we earn $18 an hour.
The Prime Minister made this statement during an exchange in the House with the parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire (QS), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
The latter demanded an increase in the minimum wage, from $14.25 to $18 an hour, which Mr. Legault refused, according to whom the average wage should be increased instead.
We want people who earn $25 an hour, which is roughly the average in Quebec, to increase to $26, $27, $28. That is our goal. We have a lot more ambition than QS, he said.
In his response, François Legault admitted, however, that honestly, it is difficult to arrive on $18 an hour, especially when you have children. A shocking and very revealing admission, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois reacted in an interview.
He points out that 800,000 people in Quebec earn less than $18 an hour.
What François Legault recognized today is that he is very aware that these 800,000 people are not capable of happen and that he chooses not to change anything in this situation.
It chooses to keep the minimum wage at a level that does not even allow them to live in dignity. It's a choice he made consciously, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois was indignant.
“It's like saying, 'I choose to leave people who work full time in poverty.' For me, this is very serious. »
— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois
According to him, it is quite possible to work to increase the average salary, while raising the minimum wage, which is the minimum wage.
The MP for Gouin gave the example of Ontario, which increased the minimum wage twice in the last year to reach $15.50, without any economic cataclysm.
The sky did not fall on their heads, he insisted at the Blue Salon.
For his part, Mr. Legault says that we must be careful : Raising the minimum wage too much could cost jobs, he warned.
Wages, on average, in Ontario are about 8% higher , he recalled. If we exceed 50% of the [median] salary for the minimum wage, we will create more negative effects than positive.
The Legault government promises a slight increase in the minimum wage in 2023, while QS wants to see it go to $18 per hour all at once or gradually over the next year.