On November 1 Alberta became the province with the lowest minimum wage in Canada, which brought advocates out in the streets of Calgary to hand out $9.40 “tips for a living wage“.
The “Lukaszuk bucks”, named after former Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk, raise awareness of poverty in the land of plenty.
“The new minimum wage law leaves far too many people struggling to make ends meet even though they are working very hard and often on shifts that go late into the night,” says Julie Hrdlicka, Calgary Community Mobilizer for Public Interest Alberta. “This is a very expensive city to live in, yet one out of every eight employed people (77,400 Calgarians and 234,200 Albertans) makes less than $12/hour.”
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