Meena Wong propose new minimum wage increase

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Mayoral candidate Meena Wong is promising Vancouverites she will raise the minimum wage if elected. (Photo courtesy of COPE)
Mayoral candidate Meena Wong is promising a minimum wage increase if elected. (Photo courtesy of COPE)

Reported by Orvis Noel

Mayoral candidate Meena Wong is promising Vancouverites a $15 minimum wage if she wins the municipal election on Nov. 15.

Wong was a community organizer before she accepted the nomination for COPE. She is concerned that residents working for minimum wage in Vancouver, including students, are often living below the poverty line.

“The provincial wage of $10.25 is not a living wage,” said Wong. “It is time for students to rise up and be treated with respect.” For students working 15 hours per week, the wage adjustment could mean a increase of $285 per month.

Vision Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs agrees the minimum wage is too low, but worries that Wong is simply making a strategic pre-election move.

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