Halifax council considering push for federal universal basic income

CBC News

Halifax Regional Council will be discussing the idea of a federal guaranteed livable basic income at its Tuesday meeting.

Coun. Waye Mason, who represents Halifax South Downtown, put forward the motion that asks council to request a letter from the mayor to the prime minister, ministers and premier of Nova Scotia.

The letter would call on the government to implement a basic income, “ensuring everyone has sufficient income to meet their needs, which would go a long way towards eradicating poverty and homelessness, alleviating the pressure on municipalities to use their limited resources to fill gaps in our failing social safety net.”

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Mason’s motion points out that the impacts of poverty have had an effect on municipalities, which have limited resources to deliver social supports.

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