ocial Services Minister Lisa MacLeod used the word “compassionate” when outlining a plan to delay the death of Ontario’s basic income pilot project until next March.

It’s a word the new Progressive Conservative government should have front of mind when it designs its own overhaul of this province’s welfare system.

A compassionate, efficient and effective remake of the current system would provide low-income and disabled citizens with enough money to pay for housing and a healthy diet, encourage education and skills training, allow them to keep a reasonable amount of extra income they earn and reduce administrative costs.