At least three federal Conservatives, all of whom served in former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s governments, are open to trying basic income guarantee pilots – and there could be more.
The dominant Progressive Conservative voice is Hugh Segal, a key driver of a basic income policy for decades and the key advisor on Ontario’s pilot project. He served as chief of staff to Mulroney and was a Canadian senator from 2005-2014. Segal was also chief of staff for former Ontario Premier, Bill Davis.
Another retired Progressive Conservative Senator, Michael Meighen, campaigned for a guaranteed annual income in his unsuccessful bids for a seat under Robert Stanfield. He told the Precarious Work Chronicle in 2015 that basic income is “very attractive on paper.”Read more
Perrin Beatty, a veteran Progressive Conservative politician in the governments of Prime Ministers’ Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, and Kim Campbell, says automation is a challenge to the employment landscape and basic income might be part of the answer.
Now employed as CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Beatty emphasizes he is not speaking on behalf of the Chamber.
The former government minister says that he believes the greatest difficulty for current and future employment is automation.Read more