Celia Ross and the NDP laid our their plan to protect good local jobs with a balanced plan to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour while cutting taxes for small business.
“Families in Sault Ste. Marie are feeling squeezed. Their hydro bills are going up, the auto insurance bills are going up, and people feel like they can’t keep up. We have a responsibility to make sure people who are working 40 hours a week aren’t living in poverty, and that’s a responsibility this Liberal government has abdicated,” said Ross. “It’s time for a change in Sault Ste. Marie and in Ontario.”
An NDP government will increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2016 and then index it to inflation. To help local businesses grow, the small business tax rate will be reduced from 4.5% to 3% by 2016.
“Small businesses in our city are the bedrock of a strong, diverse local economy. We will reward small businesses for the role they play in job creation, because rewarding job creators makes sense.”
Earlier in the week, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath explained “It’s a plan that will deliver results by rewarding real job creators, address inequality in our workforce and help grow the economy.”