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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 2015-10-01 15:59:48 -0500
I’m sick of being alive for 50 years and raised 6 kids and still can’t afford nothing.and I’m sick of being forced into staying with abusive men because I cannot afford to live alone ad a single mom.its disgusting
endorsed 2015-09-28 11:45:02 -0500
As someone who keeps winding up unemployed during recessions, I need basic income. My mental health is shot, I can’t afford to do anything about it, I’m exhausted. I only keep going because ha ha ha I don’t have much choice. I know so many people who would thrive with basic income, myself included.

Automation is coming and, with that, many jobs will be lost. If we don’t implement this ASAP, poverty’s going to be a MUCH larger problem than it already is.
endorsed 2015-09-16 20:16:29 -0500
I’m sure that the savings just from the administration of social programs on the federal, municipal and regional levels would more than cover increases in costs. However, if implemented properly, a basic income scheme should result in overall savings that can then be reinvested in the economy.
endorsed 2015-09-16 15:45:56 -0500
I support Basic income
endorsed via text message 2015-09-16 10:45:41 -0500
endorsed 2015-09-15 10:40:08 -0500
Economic freedom for all is the duty of a righteous nation, and to its tremendous benefit.
endorsed 2015-09-14 20:56:36 -0500
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endorsed 2015-08-14 19:59:34 -0500
Should be universal and replace all other welfare programs and their bureaucracies that nobody likes anyway p
endorsed 2015-08-12 15:59:25 -0500
posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-08 21:18:36 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
endorsed 2015-08-08 21:17:55 -0500
Please make this available to all provinces and not just a select few
endorsed 2015-08-08 21:09:36 -0500
endorsed via text message 2015-08-06 08:44:34 -0500
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endorsed 2015-07-11 17:00:29 -0500
We need this!
endorsed 2015-07-06 16:35:57 -0500
I think Canadians should give it a try and make it work. Too many Canadians are struggling to make ends meet and BSI could make all the difference in the world to many of us. Everyone wants a good life where they don’t have to worry about a roof over their heads or having enough to eat. Canada has a proud history of social consciousness and I think a BSI would be something to add to that pride.
endorsed 2015-07-05 20:29:21 -0500
endorsed 2015-07-05 19:22:11 -0500
And idea whose time has come, and is way overdue.
endorsed 2015-07-05 17:50:48 -0500
We do need a basic income supplement, but it needs to be above poverty level (even if by only one dollar). I think that it should be per individual, and not dependent on family size. Not only would this finally get rid of child poverty but also of most adult poverty. Poverty is one of the greatest factors for ill health, so this would reduce Health costs, besides giving people a reasonable life.
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