Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Monday, March 15, 2004

Tory MLA Jon Lord Responds on Minimum Wage  

On January 21, 2004 Michael Marlowe wrote a letter to Premier Klein and copied the other MLA's in the Province. The subject was the Alberta Minimum wage. A copy of that letter was posted on Ralph's World and can be viewed by clicking here.

Jon Lord, Tory MLA for Calgary Currie is the first to respond and his e-mail to Michael is reproduced verbatim below. We track MLA responsiveness with our PRATS system which can be accessed by clicking here.

Here is Mr. Lord's response.

Mr. Marlowe, you would do well to go to my web-page at www.jonlord.ca, then go to the discussion pages, Social Issues, Minimum wage discussion, and read why raising the minimum wage is not the panacea you obviously think it is - in fact, about 8 out of 10 economists agree that raising the minimum wages does nothing to improve poverty, and in fact may make it worse for the poor. Life is much more complicated than you seem to realize, and the obvious, knee-jerk, simplistic answers you seem to think are no-brainers, clearly do not recognize this fact nor how complicated life really is. If it were so easy, simple, and obvious - how stupid do you think we are???? Why wouldn't we have done it long ago??? or do you really believe we went into politics to be mean, malicious people, working against the public interest?? If so, you really need to grow up a bit and quit reading so many newspaper headlines. Do your homework first, and show some respect for other people's intelligence, before writing such drivel to me again. Most of what you think are the solutions, are not nearly so clear-cut nor positive as you seem to simplistically seem to believe. Many of them, would make the problem worse for the very people you claim to be speaking for.

Good day sir

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