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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.

If you support another political party, we are happy to help you advocate on this issue.

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 2014-04-12 18:57:35 -0500
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endorsed 2014-04-10 13:15:11 -0500
A basic standard of living is the right of all working Canadians. The spirit of social responsibility must be revived, and this is just the place to start.
endorsed 2014-04-10 00:22:06 -0500
We must unite to bring this to pass.
endorsed 2014-04-09 00:37:53 -0500
There has already been successful pilot projects!! Time to end poverty and ACT … Make it a social policy!
posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-04 15:27:44 -0500
I've endorsed a pilot of a Basic Income Supplement. Let's convince the #lpc to put it in the platform #cdnpoli #poverty
, social worker, Rasst endorsed 2014-04-04 15:27:21 -0500
Nice approach !
endorsed 2014-03-31 08:45:00 -0500
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endorsed 2014-03-26 06:25:52 -0500
It should be national policy now, not piloting somewhere.
posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-25 17:39:05 -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 2014-03-25 17:37:59 -0500
I strongly support the Basic Income Supplement. I am not nor do I plan to become a party member but am interested in helping to advance progress on this policy.
endorsed 2014-03-24 19:05:21 -0500
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, Professor , University of Alberta endorsed 2014-03-20 06:29:35 -0500
endorsed 2014-03-18 15:10:37 -0500
endorsed 2014-03-18 10:24:01 -0500
Like the idea, lets see where it goes.
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