[I]f we knew the benefits of basic income then, why does the idea that it disincentivizes people from working persist?

“It’s a concerted effort by, I would say, certain groups and people in society to do that because they don’t want to see investment in supporting lower income people,” said Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

North America has long taken a “curious view,” Gaetz said.

“[We think] if we give poor people money it makes them lazy,” he said, but “if you give rich people money they become more industrious.”