For Immediate Release

Oct 23, 2018

Today, in a speech to Canadian Innovators, the NDP called on the Federal Liberal government to step-in and save the Basic Income Pilot Project Ontario Premier Doug Ford has pledged to cancel. Ford announced the program that guarantees a minimum income for 1,000 low-income residents in Hamilton will end in March of 2019, thereby completing only two of its three year study.
“This project will provide invaluable data as we look towards the economy of the future,” said NDP MP David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre). “And for the 1,000 low-income residents in Hamilton who signed onto the three year program, it’s the right thing to do.”
Last week, one hundred CEOs wrote a letter to Premier Ford calling for the pilot project to be saved because the program is a “business-friendly approach to address the increasing financial precarity of our citizens and revitalize the economy.” Residents and City Councilors in Hamilton also called on the city and on Ford’s government to finish the program, as it helped people participating in the program live a better life.
“The results of this pilot project could very well help us map out an economic foundation that unleashes our full potential and it wouldn’t cost much for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to carry-out,” added NDP MP Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain). “This information could show us how to build a fairer society for everyone across this country and would greatly help Hamiltonians. Going ahead with the program is common sense.”

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