Island politicians forming basic income plan for federal government

CBC News

Richard Brown is one of four Island politicians forming a guaranteed basic income plan for the federal government, despite Canada's finance minister saying "that particular idea is not part of our approach."

"I think if we are going to continue to look into this and come up with a a plan for the federal government … they'll take a look at it," Brown told CBC P.E.I.'s Compass.

Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker, Conservative MLA Sidney MacEwan and NDP Leader Mike Redmond make up the group with Brown. The group hopes to have a pilot project ready for the fall.

The group was invited to co-host a series of town hall meetings in communities around the Island by the P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income (WGLI) to gather feedback from Islanders regarding guaranteed basic income.

Because the government motion on guaranteed basic income passed unanimously back in December, Brown said the issue has become non-partisan.

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