Wynne wishes her government started basic income sooner

The Spec

Former premier Kathleen Wynne said she regrets that her government did not bring in the now-scrapped basic income pilot project earlier during their time in power. "I wish that we had done it sooner," the Don Valley West MPP said in response to a question from a basic income pilot participant at the Hamilton Public Library Monday.

The previous leader of Ontario's Liberal party said she was "fighting back tears" as she delivered the keynote address at an appreciation day for basic income participants.

The Wynne government launched the project, which included 4,000 participants from test sites in Hamilton-Brantford, Lindsay and Thunder Bay, in April 2017, providing recipients with an annual guaranteed income of up to $17,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, less 50 per cent for income earned. "I needed something that was going to give us evidence that would be demonstrable that this program worked and that we needed to take the evidence and incorporate that into government policy," she said.

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