City council is calling for the implementation of a national guaranteed livable basic income to help “eradicate poverty and homelessness, and ensure everyone in Canada has sufficient income to meet their basic needs.”
The motion, put forward by Coun. Carly Klassen, was approved 10-3 on Tuesday evening.
“This would bring more to people who are struggling with our current social assistance programs,” said Klassen. “When you provide money to people living in poverty, they spend it in their communities – they pay rent, they buy food, they cloth themselves and they provide for their children.”
Mayor Cam Guthrie was joined in opposition by councillors Dan Gibson and Michele Richardson.
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