This group of politicians is digging into how basic income could work in N.L.


An all-party committee is tackling the question of whether a basic income program could work in Newfoundland and Labrador, and it expects to make its recommendations as early as next summer.

Social Development Minister John Abbott said the group of politicians invited a national basic income advocate to offer advice to the committee Monday afternoon.

Abbott said the committee — comprising Abbott, Labour Minister Bernard Davis, Liberal MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh, PC MHA Craig Pardy, and interim NDP Leader Jim Dinn — is examining a wide range of possible basic income models.

“I think it reflects the sense — and potentially consensus across the country — that the time has come now to look at these issues in a broad way,” Abbott said in an interview Monday afternoon.

“Families are struggling.… Some of our programs aren’t really meeting their needs. It needs a new approach. “

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