Advocates calling on Canada to create a guaranteed basic income pushed back on what one senator called the “myths and stereotypes” about such a program during a Senate committee meeting on Tuesday.
The Red Chamber is working through Bill S-233. If passed, it would require the finance minister to develop a “national framework” for implementing a guaranteed livable basic income (GLBI) program throughout Canada.
The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Kim Pate. An identical bill has been submitted to the House of Commons by NDP MP Leah Gazan. Neither bill would actually implement a basic income program.
“There’s a stigma about poor people and about assisting people — that we will give people a handout but we won’t give them a leg up out of poverty,” Pate said.
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