Basic income ‘prevents poverty’

The Highlander

Judy Paul is one of a handful of Highlanders trying to progress the idea of a universal basic income (UBI), believing it to be the key to eradicating poverty in one of Ontario’s hardest hit areas

Workshops in Minden in February and Haliburton May 10 attracted about 50 people and led to healthy discussion, Paul said, with most “quite supportive” of a UBI.

“In Canada, the rich are getting richer while the poor and middle class are stagnating. People are struggling and in a lot of cases they don’t know who to turn to, what to do,” Paul said. “Introducing a basic income can help so many people in so many ways – it can help women leave abusive relationships, it can help families put food on the table, inspire people to turn their lives around.”

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