When the Ford government killed the Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County Basic Income Pilot project in 2018, it offered a number of justifications.

Minister of social services at the time Lisa MacLeod said the pilot was “failing.” She also said it was expensive, and “clearly not the answer for Ontario families.” And she said it was causing people to stop working: “It really is a disincentive to get people back on track.” And, she added, ministry staff were reporting the program wasn’t helping participants become “independent contributors to the economy.”

Observers said at the time they had many questions. What data showed the pilot was failing? How could the government know only a year into the project? And why did Doug Ford’s people say earlier they intended to keep the pilot going and were looking forward to the data generated?