Raising minimum wage the wrong policy to help the working poor

During a recent debate about the minimum wage, Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, made several false statements that fly in the face of the available evidence, so we thought it was important to clarify the record.First, Lanzinger somewhat bizarrely argues that statistics on minimum wage earners are not relevant to the minimum wage debate, going so far as to say the Fraser Institute is “cherry-picking” data by presenting basic facts on who earns the minimum wage in Canada. But in actuality, knowing who earns the minimum wage is absolutely critical for an evidence-based understanding of why

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