Retired P.E.I. MP working on basic income project

Former longtime Malpeque MP Wayne Easter is keeping up the fight for Islanders. 

Easter, who served as a Liberal MP for nearly three decades, spoke about the possibility of a basic income guarantee program in P.E.I. during a May 30 special meeting of the Charlottetown council.  

Easter noted he was chair of the parliament’s finance committee for six years, during which he heard at least a dozen presentations on basic income. 

The proposal he and his colleagues are working on is the probably most comprehensive he has seen, Easter said.  

“It is a basic income guarantee that would set a level for individuals and for families to give some security in terms of economic benefit for those individuals and families. It would be done on the basis of a census family — in other words, it would include people between 18 and 65.”

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