The Labour Day weekend was the ideal time for labour leaders to bring up the issue of the minimum wage in this province.
There was a time not long ago when this province was in the vanguard of how low wage earners were treated.
That has come to a complete halt in the last three years.
The provincial government invested time and money getting a report done on how raising the level should proceed.
It suggested the level of the minimum wage should be tied to the cost of living and that would eliminate most of the doubt about when it would go up and by how much.
Workers could count on the increase and businesses would be able to plan for the hike every year with some certainty.
And what has become of the report? The provincial Tories are “studying it.”
The government has had the report for nine months and surely it doesn’t take that long to decide what to do about the recommendations contained in it.
Really, it’s not that complicated.
It’s most likely a way of not making any decision that will cause a political backlash from either side — low income workers or the business lobby.
The Dunderdale Tories should finish their study of the study and make a decision.
The cost of living is steamrolling many workers in this province who work hard for what they make — even if they don’t make much.