Quebec mayor says basic income would help young adults finish their education

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

The mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, a city of 40,000 on the south shore of Montreal, says a basic income policy would help youth who have dropped out of high school to complete their education.

Mayor Denis Lapointe, who has been a 20-year veteran of municipal politics as mayor of the city, says his municipality has a fairly significant high school dropout rate, although many young people eventually try to access school and training.

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Five Newfoundland mayors endorse basic income

By Roderick Benns

 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Five Newfoundland mayors representing some of the largest centres on the island have endorsed basic income policy as a means of drastically reducing poverty.

St. John’s mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, Corner Brook mayor, Charles Pender, Mount Pearl mayor, Randy Simms, Gander mayor, Claude Elliott, and Grand Falls-Windsor mayor, Al Hawkins have all agreed that “everyone in my city/community should be able to access a basic income guarantee.”

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Art Eggleton presses Trudeau to adopt basic income if Liberals win

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

It’s not something federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be allowed to forget, if Senator Art Eggleton has his way. Early in 2014, at a Liberal policy convention, two resolutions were made and accepted by delegates that steer the Liberal Party of Canada toward a basic income guarantee for working-age Canadians.

Eggleton says this is significant, and he has been talking it up wherever he goes.

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Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance endorses basic income guarantee policy

By Roderick Benns

The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance has come down squarely in favour of providing a basic income guarantee for Canadians. In a statement the Alliance points out that a disproportionate number of people with mental illness live in poverty. 

“Poverty, in turn, can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. Too many people with a mental illness can and want to work but are either unable to find employment, are hindered by social assistance programs that penalize them for working, or are employed in minimum-wage work that leaves them below the poverty line,” the release points out.

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Whether left or right, basic income just makes sense: Hugh Segal

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

There’s a reason the issue of a basic income guarantee never seems to go away, says retired Conservative Senator Hugh Segal — the idea simply makes too much sense. Basic income (also called a guaranteed annual income) would see any Canadian who falls below the poverty line topped up with enough money to cover a basic living standard. Almost all models for basic income implementation would see it replace provincial welfare systems.

Segal says there are three things driving the support for this policy change.

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Montreal-area mayor says basic income needed to end poverty

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

A Montreal-area mayor says it’s time to adopt a basic income policy in Canada to eliminate poverty. Mayor Danie Deschenes of NotreDame-de-l’ÎlePerrot, just west of the island of Montreal in Quebec, says “all elected officials could be supporting the idea of all citizens having a basic income.”

She sees it as a way to overcome poor housing and a sub-standard quality of life for people.

“As elected officials, we should strive to improve our citizens’ lives and the lives of their children,” says Deschenes.

 

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