Case for Basic Income
In 2016 the the federal Liberals voted to shake-up Canada’s social policy by moving toward a “minimum guaranteed income” model, or basic income.
Now, the party wants to push that message hard again in 2018 with another resolution in support of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians.
At the party’s national convention held in Winnipeg two years ago, the resolution states the party will, in consultation with the provinces, “develop a poverty reduction strategy aimed at providing a minimum guaranteed income.”Read more
By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
Another big city mayor in Canada says he supports the concept of a basic income guarantee to combat inequality and create better social cohesion. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says “there’s a good case to be made for a basic income,” pointing out there are many advantages in ensuring that people have their basic needs met.
“I think we would have more social cohesion and a better balance of opportunities. We would have a narrowing of the gap between the very rich and the very poor. And we would have a more productive workforce because many would access new opportunities,” says Savage, who heads the largest city in the Atlantic Region of Canada.Read more