Kenney says that if elected, he is prepared to roll back the province’s $15-an-hour minimum wage to $13 an hour for those 17 years-of-age or younger, something he’s mused about often.
“The first job that young people (and) teenagers have gives them a big boost for the rest of their life in terms of employment prospects,” Kenny told a news conference on Friday.
“By incentiving employers to hire more young people, we get younger Albertans back to work.”
Kenney says the majority of people getting minimum wage are dependents or in households with other sources of income.
“We’re basically talking about teenagers with entry-level jobs,” Kenney says.
The left-of-centre NDP begs to disagree.
“Work is work, and you don’t change how you value that work by judging who is or is not modest human capital,” said Notley when asked about the UCP proposal.
With files from CP, Postmedia, CBC