P.E.I. MLAs effusive in their support for basic-income pilot project

CBC News

The P.E.I. Legislature agreed unanimously Tuesday to have the province work with the federal government in hopes of setting up a basic-income pilot project on the Island.

The idea is to guarantee a minimum amount of money in government support each month to those living in poverty. 

Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker put forward the motion, which was supported by all parties.

Bevan-Baker said a successful pilot project could reduce poverty, improve health and mental health, increase educational attainment, reduce crime and act as a response to increased automation and outsourcing.

"A universal basic income could enable the greatest unleashing of human potential ever seen," he said.

He noted that there was an experiment with basic income in Dauphin, Man., 40 years ago and that Quebec and Ontario are moving in the same direction as P.E.I.

"We would not be entering this blind," he said. "There is previous research and analysis to inform our efforts." 

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