John Milloy’s support for the basic income pilot project is welcome. The cancellation of the project is a missed opportunity by the Ford government to significantly improve the lives of those living in poverty and potentially reduce the bureaucracy that surrounds delivery of social assistance in this province.

The cancellation came as a surprise; during the campaign a spokesperson for Ford said the program would be maintained. And basic income has support in conservative circles. Hugh Segal, a prominent Conservative and senior adviser to then-prime minister Brian Mulroney, wrote the report on which the pilot was based.