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That's a question the Canadian Federation of Independent Business raised Thursday only because the Doer government hasn't said anything to date about a hike in the wage rate next year.
"I'm really surprised nothing has happened yet," CFIB provincial director Shannon Martin said. "Historically they make an announcement in late November or early December."
The province has raised the minimum wage each year since 1999 with the last hike coming into effect last April 1. That's when the rate went up 50 cent to $8.50 an hour--the biggest increase since the New Democrats took office and one that tied the province for the second-highest minimum-wage rate in the country.
A spokesperson for Labour Minister Nancy Allan said the province was not contemplating any announcements to the minimum wage being raised in 2009. The throne speech, which is the government's plan for the coming year, did not mention the minimum wage.
Martin said he believes the province will at some point over the next few weeks say the minimum wage is going up next year. "I have no doubt the minimum wage is going up."
Martin said since 2000, the minimum wage has increased to $8.50 an hour, from $6 an hour -- a 42 per cent increase that is well beyond the 19 per cent increase in Manitoba's consumer price index.
He said another hike would not be welcomed by businesses. Meantime, the Manitoba Federation of Labour recently met with the provincial cabinet to advocate for raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour.