By Roderick Benns
Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site
The mayor of Victoria, Lisa Helps, says basic income policy and robust local economies go hand in hand.
“There is a strong link between having a basic income and creating a strong local economy. There is more money to circulate and it supports the ‘buy local’ movement,” she says.
“So that means it’s good for the people who need more to live on, but also for the goods and services being sold by our business community,” Helps says.
Many Canadian mayors were invited to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy. Her city – Victoria – represents the sixth provincial or territorial capital leader to support the policy.Read more