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Premier says $15-an-hour minimum wage a ‘notional’ target, suggests it may not proceed due to economy

The new premier announced in June that Alberta’s minimum wage was being raised by one dollar an hour to $11.20, effective Oct. 1, and vowed the government would boost the rate to $15 an hour within three years — fulfilling a promise made during the spring election campaign.

The decision angered business groups and opposition critics, but the government indicated the move would create more jobs and ensure workers in the province receive a living wage.

In an interview Wednesday, Notley said her government will examine the minimum wage issue as Alberta grapples with low oil prices and the economic downturn.

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