Basic income: the case for incrementalism

Joe Foster

When discussing the concept of basic income, those on the front lines, whether living in poverty or helping those who struggle with it on a daily basis, are most often in favour of the “Big Bang” approach—namely, ensuring that all Canadians have a livable income now.

Indeed, a national basic income program should and can be initiated immediately. However, when examining the challenges through a political, economic, and social lens, it becomes clear that an incremental approach is the best, and possibly the only, way to actually achieve a basic income in Canada.

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