Braid: Minimum wage hike kicks off the four-year battle to change Alberta

Calgary Herald

Alberta’s minimum wage hike — from $10.20 to $11.20 an hour in October — affects only about 39,000 workers, or 2.2 per cent of the provincial workforce. It won’t wreck the economy or cast us into the pit of socialist hell.

So why is nearly everybody, from the NDP to Wildrose, from unions to business groups, racing to the barricades as if a revolution is breaking out?

Because in a way, it is.

The minimum wage increase is another early ploy in a political-economic battle that’s going to shake Alberta to its boots over the next four years.

Much more is coming from the NDP, and all the players know it. Desperate to mark their territory, they turn a small provocation into an ideological fight of almost American intensity.

Last week, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips raised the price of carbon for large greenhouse gas emitters, starting next year.

That was expected. Far more significant was…

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