A longer take on the idea of a basic income

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) Chair, Sheila Regehr, defends basic income on page 3 in the most recent issue of the Monitor, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

In her article from the January-February issue of the Monitor on the idea of a basic income Armine Yalnizyan asks if we are better off when we have more income or need less of it. I think the answer is that it depends. It depends on how much income a person has, how secure it is and how it’s delivered. “We” are not all in the same boat—some of us have good incomes and forms of basic income, others don’t.

Governments provide both income transfers and public services and there is no denying that public services are a bargain, for individuals and society. There is also no denying that there are problems in the way the market operates. This doesn’t mean people need freedom from the market; we all need freedom to act in the market, to participate socially and economically, and to combine income with services to meet our daily and lifetime needs and priorities. 

To read more, click here and go to page 3.

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