Basic Income Project in Ontario - They Said It
August 8, 2018 Poverty Reduction
CBC Hamilton has been doing some excellent reporting on the recent cancellation of the Basic Income program.
Basic Income advocates held a press conference at Queen’s Park today and CBC Hamilton livestreamed it. You can pick it up at around 31:23 on the YouTube video here.
We’ve tried to capture some of the comments from that conference as well as announcements from the government and gathered them together below in order to give you an idea of what has happened with this innovative program in the past three months.
Basic Income Project in Ontario
They Said It
“The basic income program is currently in a pilot stage and we look forward to seeing the results.” Spokesperson for Doug Ford in April prior to the election
“. the Province will be winding down Ontario’s Basic Income research project in order to focus resources on more proven approaches.” Minister MacLeod - July 31, 2018
"Much regret and devastation when participants heard that the pilot was going to end this despite not one, but two, promises during the election to keep it going.” Tom Cooper (below), Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction – August 8, 2018
““Doug Ford took away our voice …. for no justifiable reason.” Jessie Golem, program participant - August 8, 2018
“I didn’t hear a single word about the advancement of technology in the question period (at Queen’s Park) today.” James Cullier, program participant - August 8, 2018
“It is Biggest Basic Income Project in the world. We need this data.” Jessie Golem - August 8, 2018
“The world is watching us.” Sheila Regehr, Chair Basic Income Canada Network - August 8, 2018
“It is not just about eliminating poverty. It is about thriving. I have thrived since I’ve been on it.” James Cullier – August 8, 2018
“What we’ve seen is that the program isn’t doing what it’s intended to be doing, so we’ve decided to wind it down.” Minister MacLeod – July 31, 2018
“It is too early for follow up surveys so there can be no evidence to base a decision on to say that this program is not working. That is just nonsense.” Sheila Regehr - August 8, 2018
“…the government has set an accelerated 100-day deadline to develop and announce a sustainable Social Assistance program.” - Minister MacLeod (pictured above) – July 31, 2018
“It is irresponsible to cut with no plan.” Tom Cooper - August 8, 2018