The Parti Québécois and Québec Solidaire each used a Labour Day conference to promise a $3.65 per hour increase to Quebec’s minimum wage, if elected to the next provincial government.
Jean-François Lisée, the head of the PQ, told the crowd he would gradually boost minimum wage to $15 by the year 2022.
The party also said they would stand up for non-unionized workers in Quebec, whom the PQ claims are being cheated out of $350 million in salary from unpaid overtime.
Manon Massé of the left-wing party Québec Solidaire, said they would also implement a $15 minimum wage plan in 2019, if elected.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of Québec Solidaire, used Ontario as a good example of raising minimum wage:
La Vérif : La hausse marquée du salaire min. en Ontario n’a pas provoqué de cataclysme économique. Taux chômage est bas, pénurie de main-d’oeuvre et croissance au rendez-vous: certains économistes disent que c’est le moment idéal pour le hausser. #Qc2018 https://t.co/45hE3ebiRb
— Québec solidaire (@QuebecSolidaire) September 4, 2018
The QS party would also invest $100 million per year over five years to help smaller businesses, farmers and community organizations.