Put the shoe on the other foot

RE: Canada tests ‘ba­sic in­come’ effect on poverty amid lost jobs (Nov. 30)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

What if the head­line read “Canada tests ‘low in­come’ effect on those with ad­e­quate and spec­tac­u­lar in­come and jobs.” It will be a three-year study — part of an ex­per­i­ment to see what effect freez­ing all as­sets plus the loss of 75 to 80 per cent of reg­u­lar in­come will have on those of us for­tu­nate enough to be able to go to sleep each night with­out the worry of try­ing to choose whether to buy food or a win­ter coat or to pay the $50 phone bill or the rent or the $20 school fee for a trip. How peo­ple re­spond will be closely watched. Will it make a dif­fer­ence in terms of ed­u­ca­tion for the kids, bet­ter health, job prospects? Re­mem­ber it will take three years to de­ter­mine this! Gayle Cor­nell Scham­ing, Grimsby

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