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…

Finally time for a Guaranteed Annual Income

But what exactly is a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Finally time for a Guaranteed Annual IncomeCould the Guaranteed Annual Income – once considered a radical notion – now be an idea whose time has come? The Dutch city of Utrecht recently announced it is starting an experiment to determine whether introducing a basic income produces a more effective society. Closer to home, Joseph Ceci, Alberta's new finance minister, proposed a…

Too many negatives on negative income tax

A minimum income program or negative income tax sounds good, but the numbers do not work

Too many negatives on negative income taxIncome is, for many people, a sexier thing to talk about than sex. Conversations and media are focused on who gets how much. That the rich have lots and are getting more rots our socks. Thomas Piketty in his book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, advocates for a global wealth tax to distribute income more evenly. It…

Guaranteed annual income in Alberta a longshot

The practical challenges of implementing a GAI mitigate its success

Guaranteed annual income in Alberta a longshotBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The old idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) recently received renewed attention thanks to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton mayor Don Iveson. Both mayors hope the new provincial government is sympathetic to the idea, prompting several pundits to muse about a GAI program for…