Is the idea of a guaranteed basic income in the cards anytime soon?
The suggestion certainly has political support, as a motion proposed by Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker to make P.E.I. a pilot project for the idea received support from both the governing Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.
In order for that motion to succeed, funding would be needed from the federal government.
So far, Ottawa is showing no signs of committing any dollars. Now the province must decide if it will follow Ontario’s lead and go it alone. A three-year pilot project was recently announced for Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay.