Federal Election sees new and old Basic Income advocates headed to parliament

The federal election on September 20, 2021, saw basic income advocates elected and re-elected to the House of Commons. Julie Dzerowicz, who introduced Bill C-273, which would "requires the Minister of Finance to develop a national strategy to assess implementation models for a guaranteed basic income program", was re-elected as the MP for Davenport in a close election. Other Liberal Ontario MPs who took Basic Income Now's 'Candidate's pledge' to support the establishment of a national basic income who were elected include Nathaniel Erskine-Smith in Beaches-East York, Mark Gerretsen in Kingston and the Islands, and Yasir Naqvi in Ottawa Centre. The Green's Mike Morris won the party its first seat in Ontario after taking the pledge. The NDP is also sending a candidate from Ontario who took the pledge to parliament, Matthew Green of Hamilton Centre.


Sept. 18 Basic Income March

Basic Income Now is organising a march on September 18th, just before the upcoming federal election. The March for Basic Income will begin at Nathan Phillips Square (city hall) by the big Toronto sign. From there, people will given maps and signs, and will be organised in groups and will walk up through Yonge and Dundas, ending in Yorkville, with speakers interspersed along the route. 

You can find more details and sign up for the march here.


Poll Finds Basic Income Top-3 Election Priority

Back in July, a Leger poll, conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), found that "Addressing the situation for low-income Canadians with a universal basic income" was the third most popular answer to the question "With an election in Canada likely this fall, what do you feel is the most important issue to be debated?"

13% of Canadians responded this was the most important issue for them, behind economic recovery and rebuilding the healthcare system post-COVID-19. This put it ahead of climate change and indigenous reconciliation on the list of priorities for Canadians.

With the election coming up in exactly one month today, it's important to make sure the establishment of a basic income will be a salient issue in this election.


Federal Election Called for September 20th

On August 15th, Gov. Gen. Mary Simpson approved PM Justin Trudeau's request to dissolve Parliament, triggering an election for September 20th.

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Guaranteed Income Bill Introduced in US Congress

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a bill that would send monthly payments — or "guaranteed income" — of up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children following pilot programs across the U.S.

The proposal is is "designed to build a 21st-century economy that is reflective of Americans’ everyday needs."

Read more here.


Basic Income Bill C-273 Reading on June 14th

Julie Dzrerowicz, the Liberal MP for Davenport, will have her first hour of second reading for Bill C-273 this Monday, June 14th. You can watch the debate through CPAC.

Bill C-273 requires Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to create a national strategy for a Guaranteed Basic Income, including potential partnerships with provinces to determine how best to structure and implement a Basic Income.

The bill includes support for dedicated Basic Income research into: how it would affect the efficiency of government; how it could support entrepreneurship, job creation, and civic action in a new economy; and how it would impact Canadians and our communities.

You can visit UBI Works to add your name to the petition supporting C-273.


Kim Pate Asks How Government Plans on Implementing plans for Guaranteed Livable Income during Senate Question Period

On June 8th 2021, during the Senate Question Period, asked how the federal government is preparing to implement its commitment to guaranteed livable income in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan.

 

Sen. Pate, who has been a strong supporter of basic income and Indigenous justice, asked the government what steps they were taking towards this goal. Marc Gold, the government's representative in the Senate, highlighted the Budget 2021 commitments of $2.2 billion over five years to implement concrete measures in his response.

 

The Parliamentary exchange can be found here.

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OBIN and Basic Income Canada Youth Network to Host Workshop on Talking to Politicians about Basic Income

On Monday June 28th at 7 pm ET, OBIN and Basic Income Canada Youth Network will be hosting a webinar about how to talk about basic income to politicians. The workshop will share some how-tos and best practices for advocating for a basic income with your elected officials - from how to get a meeting to key points to cover while you're there. The workshop will also feature special guest Ted McMeekin (former Ontario cabinet minister) to share with us a politician's perspective of what makes direct advocacy effective.

Click here to register - we hope to see you there!


The Case for Basic Income Book Launch

 

Between 2017 and 2019, 4,000 people in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay tested whether a Basic Income could stabilize housing, improve wellbeing and provide opportunity.  A powerful new book tells the stories of some of those courageous basic income participants.

Join Basic Income Hamilton for a virtual book launch on 3 June 2021 at 6:30 pm

 

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Guelph Arts Council calls on the federal government to establish basic income

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) called on the federal government to establish a guaranteed basic income for everyone.

“We agree that basic income is essentially a human right,” said GAC executive director Patti Broughton. “When people have their basic needs met and have a certain level of a modest financial security, it can really put people in a better place to improve their lives, to find work, to start new businesses, to resume or continue their art practices.”

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