Patrick Brown says a proposed minimum wage hike is too much too soon.

Ontario’s Conservative Party leader says raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 could have adverse effects on small businesses.

Brown says the government should have done a study before pushing forward Bill 148.

Brown was referencing a study done by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in which the Haliburton Highlands Chamber was involved in.

Another concern Brown has with the bill is employers needing to give workers 48 hours’ notice if they are needed.

Brown adds he would love to see a minimum wage of $15 an hour one day but feels a 32 per cent jump in other 18 months will be too much for many businesses to absorb.