Candidates argue merits of basic-income guarantee

Thunder Bay Newswatch

Thunder Bay-Superior North candidates tackled a number of hot-button issues on Wednesday night as they met the electorate at a debate hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Topics ranged from climate change to homelessness to Indigenous issues in the lone local forum to date to include all six candidates in the race.

The election hopefuls,  Liberal incumbent Patty Hajdu, Conservative Frank Pullia, the NDP’s Anna Betty Achneepineskum, Bruce Hyer of the Green Party, Youssef Khanjari of the People’s Party of Canada and Liberatarian Alex Vodden, didn’t agree on much, but they did all agree that a basic income guarantee of some sort was something to work toward.

They just didn’t agree how to get there.

Ontarians had a basic income pilot project in place, but the Conservatives under Premier Doug Ford were quick to kill the program, which was tested in three communities, including Thunder Bay.

When asked if the federal Conservatives would support a guaranteed basic income if elected, Pullia said he saw the early success of the program in Thunder Bay and would certainly make a case for doing something at the national level.

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