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UCP leader would cut youth minimum wage; says it would spur job creation

Last Updated Mar 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm MDT

Jason Kenney speaks to the media at his first convention as leader of the United Conservative Party in Red Deer, Alta., Sunday, May 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says a government led by him after a spring election would cut the minimum wage for young workers to create more jobs.

Kenney says the United Conservatives would roll back Alberta’s $15-an-hour minimum wage to $13 an hour for those 17 or younger.

He says the current $15 across-the-board wage is curtailing hiring.

Kenney says his government also would appoint a panel to explore returning to a wage differential for alcohol servers, who can earn a lot in tips but need more hours to make that happen.

The changes are among a number of labour proposals announced by Kenney Friday.

He says a UCP government would also make changes to union rules, including restoring a mandatory secret ballot for union certification votes.