What do you think of this idea?
an article from the Montreal Gazette, a quote from the article
Basic income aims to ensure no one falls below a minimum standard of living, regardless of employment status. Under the plan, all members of society receive a monthly cash transfer into their bank accounts, no conditions attached, replacing other forms of social assistance and all the bureaucracy that goes with it.
Premier Philippe Couillard has indicated he is serious about studying basic income as a possible model for Quebec. He has given the mandate to Employment and Social Solidarity Minister François Blais, whose book Un revenu garanti pour tous is a reference in the research community.
Federally, Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister for social programs in Justin Trudeau’s government, has said the idea is worth a look, and it has the support of many rank and file Liberal Party members. There is also a non-profit advocacy group called Basic Income Canada Network. , that link goes to a petition you can sign
another article, from the National Post
Hugely in favour.
That said, if implemented it has to be sufficiently big to *replace* a patchwork of welfare/aid that is currently being given out.
If it is just one micro program amongst many then it will fail miserably.