Hamilton councillors urge federal government to consider creating basic income support program


Ever since Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government cancelled the basic income pilot project soon after assuming office in 2018, Hamilton officials and advocates had been hoping to get the program reinstated.

At the June 7 council meeting, Flamborough Coun. Ted McMeekin, a former Liberal MPP at the time who promoted the project under former Premier Kathleen Wynne, introduced a motion calling on the provincial and federal governments to create a national Guaranteed Livable Basic Income program.

“I think it is important we think big,” said McMeekin. “We can do something historic. This would change lives. This would save lives.”

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