Blogger was unable to post my comment to Jason Cherniak, a loud-mouthed young Liberal who suggests that Ontarians say no to a $10 minimum wage. It’s pretty obvious to this mother of two, who has never lived in Ontario, that Cherniak has never raised a child and that he has no clue whatsoever as to what costs are involved in doing so.
If you figure 40 hours a week at $8 an hour, you are looking at about $16,500 in income. I won’t deny it – that would be awfully tough to live on. However, it is not impossible if you are single and without loans to pay. After $9,600 in rent, you would still have around $200 a month for food after taxes. If you are a parent, then you will have other resources such as the child tax benefit to help you.
To suggest that the Child Tax Benefit is enough to help you feed and clothe a couple of kids as well as yourself shows just what a clueless child Cherniak really is. Apparently, he is one of the silver spoon crowd and perhaps he should keep it there rather than spew off the sexist crap he’s spewing! Or, maybe this is part of his initiation rite into the Old Boys’ Club!
Grow up, Cherniak, read the new Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada and show some social and moral responsibility for the lives of those who do not have the luxury to which you are so entitled.
Edited 11:20 p.m. 02Jan07 to add a link to Robert, two to Eugene, the second provides some numbers re some of my points in the comments below, another link is to The Jurist who comes to the economics of it by looking at the relationship between corporate profits and minimum wage and to my favourite cowboy, the one for social responsibility. All are worth having a look-see.