While in Gatineau on Monday, the partys spokespeople unveiled their plan to raise the provinces minimum wage to $15 per hour starting on May 1, 2019.

When you improve peoples purchasing power, they spend that money around them,party co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said in a statement. The increased minimum wage will rapidly stimulate the local economy.

Critics of the plan say that a $15 minimum wage would hurt small and medium business, and eat into their profits. Quebec Solidaire didn’t ignore these concerns and have pledged to $100 million a year to help small businesses make the transition.

Others say that the $15 minimum wage will increase unemployment. In a world where AI and computers are getting smarter and smarter it would make more financial sense for companies to invest in infastruce that to hire someone on the increased minimum wage. We have already seen such things happen with the introduction of touch screen order points a McDonalds.

While many people believe minimum wage jobs are mainly done by students or the young on their way to better things this is not always the case. At currently levels someone on minimum wage would only earn around $1500 a month, barely enough to cover even a basic lifestyle and certainly not enough for someone with dependants.

Quebec Solidaire also argue that instead of creating unemployment the wage hike will be a boost to the economy with more people having disposable income. Having the ability to spend money in local businesses and therefor creating more jobs.

When you improve peoples purchasing power, they spend that money around them,party co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said in a statement. The increased minimum wage will rapidly stimulate the local economy.

The party estimates that raising the minimum wage would have an economic windfall of $2.2 billion to $3.4 billion. According to its calculations, the province would also receive an additional $830 million in income tax payments

The party also point to Ontarios recent minimum wage hike saying that it went “smoothly” and that implementing it in the province wouldn’t be too difficult.