Editor: It is time to challenge the economics of low wages. The February issue of Employment Journey shows two-thirds of new employment will be low-wage jobs. This brings into question $250,000 for the Shania Twain concert and ACOA granting Summerside $600,000 for the Credit Union Place.
A few years ago minimum wage was below the poverty level and both the Summerside and Charlottetown Chambers of Commerce opposed raising the minimum wage.
Nobody is questioning what is the wage range of businesses that will profit from the Shania Twain concert or concerts held in Summerside. P.E.I. pays the lowest weekly wages in Canada. Politicians aren't disclosing how many seasonal jobs, fulltime jobs or part-time jobs are created from holding concerts in Summerside and Charlottetown.
I am demanding the City of Summerside repay ACOA $600,000 and call on Canadians to boycott the Shania Twain concert. Spending money which produces two-thirds of new employment that will be low wage jobs is poor economics.
John W. A. Curtis,