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Will The Basic Income Experiment Work In Canada?

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“Welfare programmes keep people trapped in poverty

People in the trial are to receive C$1,320 (around US$970) per month, equivalent to three-quarters of what is defined as a low income (although the amount and the number if people it will be given to are still under discussion, albeit that the government has budgeted C$25million for three years). Depending on how the trial is designed, the recipients may continue to get that amount regardless of whether they find work and earn extra money. In any case, the government will guarantee that those people will always have an income of at least that amount, one way or another.

‘One of the problems we have with existing systems is that if someone does find work, there will be a clawback of benefits, not just financial benefits, but things like free medical care and housing support,’ Hugh Segal, a former senator and basic income advocate who wrote the study on which the trial is being based, told Apolitical. ‘You end up with the contradiction that welfare programmes keep people trapped in poverty. So the challenge becomes: can you craft a programme that has a better impact than that?’

It also implies an altered view of humanity itself. Instead of traditional welfare systems, which assume that the poor are fundamentally lazy and have to be incentivised to work with an intricate system of carrots and sticks, basic income assumes that if you support people, they will go on to greater things.

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10 Comments

  1. The Bui

    June 5, 2018 at 5:43 am

    The finns have trìed and failed thís experiment . There’s no need to waste tax money .

    • FrankZ.

      November 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

      What a socialistic program……it’s not teaching anything, except showing lazy people that having no initiative pays off.

  2. DicksPC

    November 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    That idea will just give all the lazy bums in our society another excuse to sit on their butts and live off the tax payer”

  3. DEEN

    November 3, 2018 at 11:55 am

    bui anything we start to innovate or create doesn’t succeed at first FAILURE IS A SIGN OF VICTORY

  4. dwain stromquist

    November 4, 2018 at 5:36 am

    The druggies will think they’ve gone to heaven. But hey, hopefully they won’t have to steal now to buy their drugs so that will be their contribution to society. Not much of an incentive to work. Immigrants will also love it, the land of milk and cash.

  5. FrankZ.

    November 6, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Sorry……but it is/was my understanding that the new government in Ontario had cancelled this insane liberal socialistic program. What did I miss.? It just does not work, when you pay people for sitting on their behind and smoking marijuana….If implemented, Ontario will go the same way as Venezuela.

  6. Char

    November 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Why is this only offered to Ontario residents?…I have paid taxes all my life and live in Alberta, even tho Trudeau doesn’t know where that is!

  7. Alan Smith

    November 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    The country will be flooded with freeloaders.

  8. Alan Smith

    November 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    The country will be flooded with tens of millions of freeloaders from around the Globe.

  9. Bob

    November 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Just another ploy by trudork and his liberals to buy another minority ( poverty) vote. He’s got the muslims. the pakis, the natives, the gays, all the refugees and probably a couple of eastern provinces so he figures he down’t need the rest of Canada. All these people will vote for him to keep the freebies coming…paid for by the taxpayers.

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