A Federal Cash-for-Cuts Basic Income Plan Designed To Impoverish Single Mothers

  1. Parliamentarians made this request despite the landmark B.C. Basic Income Panel having spent years studying the very questions they asked of the PBO. Millions of dollars were spent, dozens of research papers commissioned and released, and the panel finding “that moving to a system constructed around a basic income for all as its main pillar is not the most just policy option. The needs of people in this society are too diverse to be effectively answered simply with a cheque from the government.” I’m not sure what these Parliamentarians were expecting to learn.
  2. The request was to model this after the Ontario Basic Income pilot. As I showed in a previous piece, the cash-for-cuts design of that pilot was incredibly harmful to many with disabilities.
  3. The request specifically called for a cash-for-cuts model (identify the net federal revenue increase). This isn’t surprising, with Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz’s Bill C-273, An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income, seeking to investigate the potential of a guaranteed basic income program to reduce the complexity of or replace existing social programs”. (emphasis mine)

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Mike Moffatt

Mike Moffatt

Senior Director, Smart Prosperity. Assistant Prof, Ivey Business School. Exhausted but happy Dad of 2 wonderful kids with autism. I used to do other stuff.