Manitoba MP submits motion to convert CERB benefit to permanent basic income

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A Winnipeg MP is looking to convert the Canada Emergency Response Benefit into a permanent fixture.

Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan tabled a motion in the House of Commons to convert CERB into a permanent guaranteed liveable basic income.

“COVID-19 has demonstrated that we do have the resources. We must ensure all individuals in Canada can thrive in dignity and that means making investments to ensure basic human rights for all,” she said.

Motion-46’s goal is to fill the gaps in income and inequalities that have been “worsened by the pandemic.”

A basic income means different things to different people, but it is usually viewed as a no-strings-attached benefit governments provide to citizens instead of various targeted social benefits.

Also known as a guaranteed minimum income, it can be delivered as a universal payment, or as a means-tested benefit that declines as a recipient’s other income rises.
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