August 19, 2020
We need a long-term, national basic income project in Canada. And effectively, we’ve had one since March, when the federal Liberals implemented the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. With some 8.4 million workers receiving CERB, millions of parents receiving the Canada Child Benefit, millions of seniors receiving a public pension, plus some 1.2 million Canadians on social assistance, the overwhelming majority of Canadian adults are now receiving some form of monthly government support.
CERB has been monumentally successful, and it’s proved that basic income works. It has stabilized the economy and prevented the worst-case scenario of a full economic collapse this spring. A basic income provides a slab of granite beneath every household income, and it keeps consumers consuming. In Spain, government officials have pledged to make their version of CERB permanent.