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Thanks to the support of hundreds of Canadians, the resolution below was passed almost unanimously by members of the Liberal Party of Canada at its national convention on 23 February 2014. This means that a basic income pilot is now party policy, but it does not necessarily mean that a basic income pilot will be included in the party's next election platform.

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Basic Income Supplement: testing a dignified approach to income security for working age Canadians

WHEREAS one in eleven Canadians lives in poverty (as measured by LICO), despite the array of income security and social assistance programs provided by federal and provincial governments;

AND WHEREAS income security programs such as the National Child Benefit and the Guaranteed Income Supplement provide an income-tested base benefit to low income children and seniors, but not working age adults;

AND WHEREAS there are perverse disincentives to exiting from social assistance systems, often referred to as the “welfare wall;”

AND WHEREAS the idea of a basic income supplement for working age adults was recently endorsed by the Canadian Medical Association as a means of improving the health of low income Canadians;

AND WHEREAS there was an encouraging pilot project of a basic income supplement for working age adults conducted jointly by the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada in Dauphin, Manitoba, in the 1970s;

AND WHEREAS the Senate of Canada, in its 2008 report on poverty, “In from the Margins,” called for a study on the costs and benefits of a basic income supplement;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada advocate for a federal pilot of a basic income supplement in at least one Canadian town or city, in cooperation with the appropriate provincial and municipal government(s).

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endorsed 2015-11-24 09:56:15 -0600
I am a disabled person with several diabilities. I can no longer afford simple things that many Canadians take for granted . A basic disability income supplement is greatly needed.
endorsed 2015-11-20 21:51:09 -0600
endorsed 2015-11-18 19:15:27 -0600
i think this is the only way that we can move our society forward. As more and more jobs are lost through technology and inovation as well out sourcing there will not be enough paying jobs do go around. The systems we have in place right now are not working and If we do not figure out new ways for wealth distribution the cycle of debt and poverty we are in will only get worse.
endorsed via 2015-11-18 12:26:43 -0600
posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-18 10:20:00 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2015-11-18 10:18:47 -0600
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endorsed 2015-11-16 20:56:30 -0600
endorsed 2015-11-12 03:14:32 -0600
I fully endorse the basic income pilot. Moreso, I’d fully endorse it across this nation. Funding is easy – it can come from a miriad of social programs that will no longer be necessary. A basic income removes prejudices and indignities people are made to go through when they need help. It is equal for all Canadians. A basic income means people have a foundation of security from which to start. It will stimulate the economy, promote job growth and entrepreneurial pursuits, It will mean elimination of poverty altogether in Canada.

Please don’t drag your feet on this one. Choose to implement this as soon as possible.
endorsed 2015-11-10 12:07:17 -0600
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endorsed 2015-11-08 23:07:09 -0600
I think it should be not only one pilot, but each province and territory should have a chance at running such a pilot. Also, the cheques should go to individual people in order that one person does not have control over another in a family.
posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-08 22:00:51 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
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endorsed 2015-11-08 06:57:50 -0600
I am a home owner who has went from being upper middle class, to middle class, to poverty in the last 2 years. I belong to a union and have a trade certificate, in our area there is not much union work. I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes to local non- union businesses with no replies back. Then my carpal tunnel syndrome flared up to the point where I had to have surgery again and couldn’t work. I also didn’t have enough hours for employment insurance so I had to go to welfare. In order to receive assistance I’ve had to put my house up for sale, though there is no market here, and it barely covers my mortgage. I’ve had to sell most of my belongings and am robbing Peter to pay Paul- Peter is running out, hydro is going up, and to take a minimum wage job, most of my paycheck would go towards gas to get there. I can’t take advantage of the government program to go back to school because I’m not on EI. What can I say? We need changes to EI, changes to Social Assistance for those who don’t abuse it and just need a helping hand? Changes to something that will help us get back to work and off the poverty line. I’ve worked long and hard my whole life to get where I am and I’m afraid I’ll be losing it all- only 15 years to retirement and my nest egg will be gone.
posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-08 01:18:14 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2015-11-08 01:17:26 -0600
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endorsed 2015-11-07 17:28:43 -0600
I have put thought into the pros and cons, anticipated and unanticipated, of what I think of as GAI- guaranteed annual income. I believe it merits serious consideration and a series of pilots to check assumptions….
, Volunteer, Oakville endorsed 2015-11-07 12:55:45 -0600
A basic income for every adult is worthy of consideration. A pilot study is worth pursuing.
posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-06 22:46:07 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
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posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-05 13:35:23 -0600
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the new government to put it in place. Anti-poverty, not poverty mitigation. Please endorse!!
endorsed 2015-11-05 13:33:32 -0600
endorsed 2015-11-05 11:30:03 -0600
At the very least a supplement income for the disabled who cannot work and rely strictly on the CPP disability pension. Such is the case of my brother who could not work past the age of 50 due to his MS. Now he is trying to live on 1200.00 dollars a month. That is all he has till he reaches 65. This is literally impossible and there is not enough housing built for disabled people so you are forced into higher rent situations or nursing homes. Totally unacceptable for younger adults.
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