Critics of the government’s minimum wage plan often argue that most low-wage workers are kids with no responsibilities. The implicit message is that it’s okay to under-pay and exploit workers if they happen to be young.
This argument would be an offensive enough if it was true – but it’s not. The truth is that the majority of Albertans earning less than $15 per hour are over the age of 25. So much for the argument that they’re all a bunch of teenagers!