Thunder Bay Newswatch
Ruth Westcott says Ontario’s now-cancelled basic income pilot project changed her life.
It’s why she’s helping to lead a grassroots effort to ensure the program is available not only in Ontario again, but across the country.
Lifting people out of poverty must become a national priority, she said, speaking at city hall on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
“When you give poor people more money they do better,” she said. “But what might surprise some of you, is that when you take away state interference, that is the 100s of stupid rules that make up social assistance, people do way better.”
Economic security leads to autonomy and empowerment, allowing people to take back their lives.
That’s what happened under the basic income pilot, Westcott said.
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