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Published on Mar 28, 2007
On February 8, 2007, the governing Liberal Party of Ontario lost a seat to the socialist New Democratic Party. York South-Weston is, statistically, the second poorest riding in Ontario, and the NDP's success in the by-election was widely attributed to its proposal to raise Ontario's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10 per hour.
To avoid losing more seats to the NDP, the governing Liberal Party has said that poverty is a central issue in the coming October 10, 2007 general election.
March 22, 2007 was budget day in Ontario, and Greg Sorbara, Ontario's Minister of Finance, announced that Ontario's minimum wage would increase by 75 cents per year over the next three years, bringing the minimum wage to $10.25 by 2010.
The leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, John Tory (leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario) has, in recent months, agreed with the idea that Ontario's minimum wage must be increased.
In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains why increasing the minimum wage would be both immoral and economically hazardous...particularly to employees in Ontario.