A day after the P.E.I. government revealed it posted a $57-million operating surplus in 2018-19, the executive director of the P.E.I. Council for People with Disabilities told a legislative committee Friday there’s no better time for the province to try to wipe out poverty.

“If we don’t address poverty now, when are we going to do it?” Marcia Carroll asked members of the province’s special committee on poverty.

“Seriously. We need to ask ourselves that question.”

The committee has been tasked with developing a costed plan for a basic income guarantee pilot project for P.E.I. While that idea has been talked about for years, the previous Liberal government concluded it couldn’t be done without financial support from Ottawa, which has thus far been denied.