In 1997, only 2.5 per cent of Ontario workers earned minimum wage. By 2015, that figure had risen to 11.6 per cent and fully one-quarter of Ontario workers earned less than $15 per hour.

That woeful trend coincides with an increase in homelessness and reliance on food banks, growing employment insecurity and soaring income inequality.

All of that is just dandy for Joe Andely (letter: Higher Prices for the Consumer) and like-minded conservatives. They believe that “the market determines what wages an employee deserves and government interference is bad news.”

By that logic perhaps we should not increase the minimum wage but eliminate it altogether, together with collective bargaining, sick days and paid vacations.

Shall we allow for the return of child labour, the 12-hour work day and the six-day work week if the market so dictates?