In recent weeks, P.E.I. legislators have been taking a crash course in basic income, an experimental social policy that aims to eliminate poverty through unconditional cash payments to adults.

Members of the legislative special committee on poverty have met with former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, a key architect of the cancelled Ontario Basic Income Pilot, as well as Evelyn Forget and Michael Mendelson, two leading experts on the subject.

The committee is tasked with providing costed recommendations on creation of a basic income pilot on the Island.