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LETTER: Liberals should have shown leadership on Basic Income Guarantee

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I am happy to see Basic Income Guarantee being discussed again. Premier Dennis King and MLA Ernie Hudson (Minister of Social Development and Housing) said there will not be funding to study this issue. I agree that it needs no funding for study. It has been studied and if it is implemented here, it can follow the plan which the Liberals put into action in Ontario. Secure Income will be implemented without study is what I understood from The Guardian article on July 3rd.  In many letters, I have said and again, the four Liberal MP's should hang their heads for not leading the way for a provincial pilot project of Basic Income Guarantee. Our provincial government cannot fund the program. It has other commitments for the money in this first budget. It will cost to keep all the social programs and also fund this one. They will need to choose the 400 who will receive this funding. Maybe a list like for affordable housing or a family doctor? The Basic Income Guarantee closes down other welfare programs and offers long-term funding for all people to make long-term plans to live a life of dignity. I know the Liberal MPs love to make promises to us and never keep them but still I wish they'd show some leadership for the Basic Income Guarantee. It would be a better investment than giving it to the Irvings or oil companies.

Lynne Thiele,


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