Jean-Yves Duclos, federal minister of families, children and social development, stated to both CBC Radio and the Globe and Mail last week that a guaranteed minimum income is a policy worthy of discussion, once the promised enhancements to child tax benefits occur — an existing kind of minimum income for families with children.
By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
The best story Ron Hikel ever heard about the famous ‘Mincome’ experiment from the 1970s has to do with a simple pick-up truck.
Mincome stands for minimum income – something that was given to about a third of the people who lived in Dauphin, Manitoba. It was a bold experiment started by the federal Liberal government to see what people would do with free money from the state.
Ron Hikel was the executive director of the Mincome project, a program that ran from from 1974 through 1978. When a Dutch TV crew showed up at his doorstep last year in Toronto to talk to him about Mincome, they then went on to Dauphin where the experiment had made everyone in the town eligible to apply for monthly income supplementation, based on earned income and family size.Read more
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is hopeful for the future of Canadian social and economic policy after recent comments made by the Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development.
The Minister stated that the concept of a guaranteed minimum income may have merit for Canadians.
“A guaranteed annual or basic income involves a government ensuring that each citizen receives a minimum income regardless of their employment status,” highlighted Morel Caissie, CASW president.Read more
By Aric McBay
The national movement for a Basic Income Guarantee is gaining ground. The heart of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government program that would ensure every person in Canada a certain amount of income every year to “to meet basic needs and live with dignity.” And this could have big implications for food and farming.
Dr. Elaine Power, an author and professor at Queen’s University, is excited about BIG’s momentum. “To me it feels like we’ve reached Gladwell’s proverbial tipping point,” she says. “It’s taken off like wildfire. A bit of effort, a lot of results.”Read more
By Melissa Murray
Regional councillors will discuss asking the federal government to start a dialogue about a basic income guarantee for all Canadians later this year.
Coun. Elizabeth Clarke asked that staff prepare a report and resolution for consideration by regional councillors. It’s expected to return to committee in late April or early May.
“There is a growing movement of municipalities, as well as provinces and territories, that are putting some pressure on the federal government to look at this,” Clarke said in an interview last week.Read more
By Bill Curry
The Globe and Mail
The federal minister responsible for reducing poverty says he is interested in the idea of a guaranteed income in Canada.
Veteran economist Jean-Yves Duclos, who is Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, told The Globe and Mail the concept has merit as a policy to consider after the government implements more immediate reforms promised during the election campaign.Read more
Ironically, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard may have finally found a way to get his name in the history books with his decision last week to switch milquetoast education minister François Blais to the Employment and Social Solidarity portfolio.
Blais, who was singularly unimpressive and maladroit in education, was given the mandate of piloting Quebec towards becoming one of the first guaranteed minimum income states in the world. But that’s a subject that Blais has mastered, as the author of Un revenu garanti pour tous, a 2001 tome that explores exactly how such a system might work.Read more