Bring on the guaranteed basic income, Canada

The Telegram

Letter to Editor

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should seize this moment and take an initiative to implement new socially progressive programs, like a universal basic income and a national pharmacare program.

Our country needs a Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal approach to some of our country's socioeconomic ills.

Out of the Great Depression (1929-39) and the Second World War (1939-45) came social security and unemployment insurance, and in Canada's case, family allowance (or the baby bonus).

Many of our European allies implemented universal public medicare (including pharmacare) systems in their respective countries long before Canada did. Now, hard times call for desperate measures.

Some people are aware that I have been involved with the Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations since they were first initiated by the former Danny Williams PC government in 2005.

When it comes to poverty and our social safety net, it is a complicated issue.

Out of the poverty reduction strategy recommendations, there are pharmacare, dental care, child care, basic income, a living wage, housing, and medical transportation, etc.

To read more, click here.