It’s time to talk about a BIG idea to end poverty

A basic income guarantee would ensure every Canadian has money to meet basic needs for food, shelter, heat and clothing – and it would ensure better health

Across Canada and around the world, people from all sides of the political spectrum are starting to talk about the BIG idea of a basic income guarantee (BIG), also known as a guaranteed annual income. The Ontario government recently approved a three-year basic income pilot project and selected three cities – Hamilton/Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay…

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t fly

An unconditional cash transfer may encourage dependency on government, and discourage people from finding work and improving their lives

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t flyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Ontario will launch a three-year basic income pilot program beginning this spring, to “better support vulnerable workers.” But the program will likely harm the people it intends to help by discouraging work and encouraging dependency on government. The program introduced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's government will provide a single person…

The unsteady foundation of basic income proposals

Many people, especially seniors, could see a drop in their incomes under a guaranteed annual income

The unsteady foundation of basic income proposalsVANCOUVER, B.C., May 1, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Do the politicians seeking British Columbians’ votes on May 9 think we’re all under five-years-old and believe in Santa Claus? The public conversation about providing basic income in the province would suggest so. As the B.C. election approaches, we’re being regaled with all the enticing indulgences a new…

The guaranteed annual income is back!

For proponents, the key to an affordable guaranteed basic income is that it wouldn’t be layered on top of existing welfare arrangements

The guaranteed annual income is back!Perhaps it is true that if you wait long enough, old ideas become new again – at least in the case of a guaranteed annual income. There are a number of variations to the idea but the basic gist is that everyone would be guaranteed an income by the state. Rather than having to belong…

Time to get serious about a BIG idea

Canada's system of social supports is a costly mess, so why wouldn't we test guaranteed income?

Time to get serious about a BIG ideaRED DEER, Alta. March 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The federal and Ontario governments have mused aloud recently about bringing basic income guarantee (BIG) to the front burners in their next budgets. Opposition parties in other provinces have also promised to put this in their next election platforms, and even the mayors of Edmonton and…

It’s time to test a basic guaranteed annual income

Even with all the social supports in place, the resulting income is often only enough to maintain a family in poverty

It’s time to test a basic guaranteed annual incomeCanada needs to tackle poverty in a new and aggressive fashion. I recently tabled a motion in the Senate calling on the federal government to create a pilot project that would test a basic income in Canada. Basic income, also known as a guaranteed annual income, shows great promise in dealing with an increasing poverty…

What we can learn from a Basic Income Guarantee pilot

Improving health may be one of the most important outcomes

What we can learn from a Basic Income Guarantee pilotThe Basic Income Guarantee is having a moment. Hot on the heels of Quebec’s plans to work towards a basic income guarantee and a Globe and Mail Editorial Board endorsement came an announcement last week of a pilot as part of Ontario’s provincial budget. On that very day, Senator Art Eggleton in Ottawa tabled a…

Creating an effective guaranteed annual income challenging

One appeal of the GAI rests on the potential to reduce government administrative costs by simplifying the income support system

Creating an effective guaranteed annual income challengingBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The federal Liberals appear to be considering overhauling Canada’s income support system with the creation of a guaranteed annual income (GAI). Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister tasked with the social policy portfolio, mused publically about the benefits of a GAI. In fact, his government has gone…

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wage

Too much at stake for Alberta workers to enter the “uncharted waters” of a $15 minimum wage without assessing the potential dangers

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wageBy Steve Lafleur and Hugh McIntyre The Fraser Institute In a recent interview, Premier Rachel Notley seemed to hint that the Government of Alberta could slow its plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 if the economy remains weak. The premier’s comments came one day after it was reported that an internal government briefing…

Basic income just what the doctor ordered

Time to start prescribing healthy incomes

Basic income just what the doctor orderedBy Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital Institute and Ryan Meili Family Physician What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle are factors. But none of these factors compare to the way that poverty makes us sick. Prescribing medications and lifestyle changes…