Poor prospered under Mincome
I would like to respond to Don Pridmore’s opinion piece. From 1974 to 1979 the Manitoba government, with help from the feds, started a pilot program in the city of Dauphin, Man. Back then it was not called Basic Income Guarantee but Mincome. Most, if not all of Mr. Pridmore’s fears and concerns were allayed. With financial predictability, coupled with a sense of emotional stability, and the fact that somebody cared, the poor prospered. Unemployment went down in the targeted group. The outcomes were deemed so successful that it was decided to expand Mincome.
In the meantime, the Conservatives took over in Ottawa. Even the fact that it was starting to save money, which I thought fiscal Conservatives were all about, it didn’t match their ideology so they cancelled it. If you have never been systemically poor you will never understand their plight, and not appreciate what they can do if they are just given a chance. Dauphin Manitoba proved that. There will still be people who will take advantage of the system, but with a B.I.G. in place, the vast majority of people will grasp the opportunity to improve their lives.