September 13, 2018
When the Ontario government announced on July 31 that they were “winding down” the Ontario basic income pilot program, Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod admitted it: Premier Doug Ford’s government broke a campaign promise. A spokesperson for Ford’s team had said on the campaign trail that the program would continue to its scheduled conclusion in March 2019 under a Conservative government, and that Ford was “looking forward to seeing the results.”
But no results have been or will be seen. MacLeod said that Ford’s government decided to end the program because it is failing to help people become individual contributors to the economy. However, an unnamed member of the pilot’s research team told the CBC that making such judgments is impossible, because no data has been collected to show whether the program was working or not.