Aren’t low-wage employers just trying to keep their doors open and create opportunities for workers?

A:

That’s what they want people to believe.

But the track record of some of these employers and lobbyists suggests they’re much more interested in keeping wages low than in creating or maintaining jobs.

These are the same guys who always say the sky is falling whenever any provincial government even whispers about increasing the minimum wage. And, in many cases, they’re the same people who made extensive use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to displace Canadians and keep wages artificially low.

After years of focusing on self-interest, why should we believe they’re suddenly concerned about the public interest?