Six months ago, when Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne struck a panel to review the province's minimum wage, the debate was still stuck in a 20-year-old business frame.
The business frame is predicated on fear. It projects a worst-case scenario response to even the slightest of minimum wage increases: job displacement, higher costs for consumers.
It ignores evidence that a higher minimum wage reduces staff turnover, improves productivity and saves businesses money in the long run.
It ignores evidence that low-wage workers spend their money in their local economy, which is good for business.
It dismisses the harsh reality of trying to make ends meet on poverty wages.