Maybe ba­sic in­come is just a dis­trac­tion

RE: Ba­sic in­come pi­lot project

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

One would like to ap­plaud the On­tario gov­ern­ment for pro­vid­ing $50 mil­lion an­nu­ally to fund a Ba­sic In­come Pi­lot Project, as it will greatly im­prove the lives of the 4,000 house­holds se­lected to take part in the ex­per­i­ment. My en­thu­si­asm is damp­ened, how­ever, from real­iz­ing that this ini­tia­tive does al­most noth­ing to help the peo­ple in the prov­ince who live in the deep­est poverty — the many thou­sands of peo­ple de­pen­dent on so­cial as­sis­tance (On­tario Works and the On­tario Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Pro­gram). A sin­gle per­son on OW cur­rently re­ceives $681 per month. Just imagine try­ing to live on $681 per month, es­pe­cially in a city like Hamil­ton or Toronto!

Un­less the gov­ern­ment in­creases so­cial as­sis­tance rates by a mean­ing­ful amount, it’s hard not to see the ba­sic in­come project as sim­ply a de­lib­er­ate dis­trac­tion, in­tended to divert our at­ten­tion away from the peo­ple who need help the most. David Good­ings, Burling­ton

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