Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the Trudeau government to cover the costs of Ontario’s cancelled basic-income pilot program.

“This project will provide invaluable data as we look towards the economy of the future,” Singh said in a news release. “And for the 4,000 low-income residents who signed onto the three-year program, it’s the right thing to do.”

Within hours of his request, the federal government rejected it.