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Trudeau says Liberals not looking at raising federal minimum wage

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government isn’t looking at raising the minimum wage at the moment.

Trudeau says the government is instead focusing on helping Canadians succeed by giving families more money through the new child benefit, making investments in infrastructure to boost productivity and helping low- and middle-income students afford post-secondary education.

Trudeau says there is no magic solution to help those who face various economic barriers.

The prime minister made the comments during a question-and-answer session today hosted by Thomson Reuters in Toronto.

During last year’s federal election campaign, the NDP proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which would only cover workers in federally regulated businesses, such as banks and telecommunications companies.

The vast majority of workers in the country would be left out because their minimum wages are set by provincial governments.

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-minimum-wage-trudeau-1.3796315?cmp=rss