Minimum wage was on the mind of many in the Legislature Monday afternoon.
Currently, Saskatchewan has the lowest minimum wage in Canada at $10.96/hour, with Nova Scotia second lowest at $11/ hour, after their government increased it in April.
Many in the province are clamouring for the minimum wage to be hiked to $15/hour.
However, the Premier isn’t one of those people.
Scott Moe addressed the topic following Question Period Monday.
He said it’s incredibly important to stimulate economic growth and create minimum wage jobs out of that, and not the other way around.
“There’s others that feel we need to make every effort to grow the economy, to provide those kinds of jobs within the economy in the province of Saskatchewan,” he said. “That’s a belief I think we would take and I will continue to advocate for that.”
Furthermore, Moe added minimum wage and affordability go hand in hand.
A Stats Canada report shows the average take home weekly wage in Saskatchewan was just over $1010 for 2017.
Despite that statistic, NDP leader Ryan Meili said that number is not truly indicative of how underwhelming the minimum wage is in meeting the continually rising cost of living in the province.
“We’ve seen the cost of living rise significantly,” he said. “We’ve seen significant issues in terms of rents going up, in terms of cost of food. We’ve seen this government increase the PST across the board and put in on a number of things that didn’t exist before.”
“They’re making life less affordable.”