Well whadd'ya know.
Specifically, the Wizards of Clarklandia knew that their little exercise in minimal minimum wage lifting kabuki was nothing more than a PR stunt that would NOT raise British Columbians off the bottom rung of the ladder.
How do we know that they knew?
Because one of the wizards temporarily loss their mind and actually wrote stuff down.
Travis Lupick of the GStraight has the FOI-assisted (and very well dug out) story:
...In March 2015, the government announced a 20-cent increase based on a confidential cabinet submission that states 20 cents was enough to raise B.C.’s minimum to the middle of the pack. In June, it learned that 20 cents was not enough to accomplish Clark’s stated goal. Then, in September, it went ahead with the increase as planned, knowing it would not lift B.C.’s rank from below the other provinces.
“We are tenth currently,” wrote Jake Ayers, a senior policy adviser with the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, on June 29, 2015. “But when Alberta and NFLD increase in Oct, we will be 12th – except for the fact Sask will also very likely increase past us in Oct – so we will probably be 13th – i.e., last.”...
...Ayers’s predictions came true.
Last October, five provinces raised their minimum wages, resulting in B.C. falling to second-to-last place. Then, in December, New Brunswick announced it would increase its minimum wage to $10.65, dropping B.C.’s to dead last...
Actually it was more than one wizard who spilled the pixelated beans, but I just chose one example....Go and read all of TLupick's piece - it's good.