A guaranteed minimum income for Canada?


in Canada, Economics, Politics

Back in 2012, then-Conservative senator Hugh Segal gave an impressive lecture on achieving large-scale poverty reduction in Canada, including through the establishment of a guaranteed minimum income.

Recently, he spoke with The Georgia Strait about how the topic is unlikely to come up during this election.

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. September 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm
. September 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm
Milan September 21, 2015 at 12:48 am

A guaranteed minimum income is a really appealing idea. It could greatly simplify the overall system of social assistance, help control the bottom end of income inequality, and encourage people to use their time productively rather than work low-value jobs to provide minimal support to themselves.

It would certainly transform the grad student experience in Canada, not least by giving students a lot more time to focus on tasks which can lead to good jobs (like publishing papers) rather than doing menial work to pay their bills.

. December 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm
. November 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Provincial adviser proposes basic income of least $1,320

Hugh Segal, Ontario’s special adviser on basic income, wants province to test the merits of boosting incomes for the working poor and replacing social assistance with no-strings attached payments.

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