Tag: BasicIncome

  • Doug Ford’s New Poor Laws Replace Basic Income

    The decision of the new Tory Government in Ontario to terminate the basic income (BI) pilot project that their Liberal predecessors had set in motion, confirms that the right is as divided as the left on this issue of social policy. The Doug Ford Tories form part of an international right wing opposition to BI … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income: Progressive Cloak and Neoliberal Dagger

    Basic Income is not an answer to inequality under neoliberalism. Social transformation will come through collective struggle, argues John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

    From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal Danger of Basic Income

    The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has drawn up the following statement on basic income (BI). It makes the case that, progressive hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, BI is being developed as a measure of neoliberal attack that should be opposed. We invite progressive organizations and individuals who hold positions in agencies and academic institutions, … Keep reading »

  • Intentional Neglect or Callous Oversight?

    How ‘Progressive’ Basic Income Proposals Fail Migrants In the debate around the pros and cons of basic income, the implications for immigrants are seldom discussed. This omission, whether intentional or a product of indifference, is particularly glaring in progressive pro-Basic Income (BI) literature where the term “citizen’s income” is often used synonymously. Taken together, a … Keep reading »

  • Basic Income and the Left: The Political and Economic Problems

    Should the Left and labour support a demand for a Basic Income (BI)? This simple question has provoked a fervent and confusing debate. The discussion over BI touches on real political and economic anxieties. The attack on the social welfare state, the depreciating power of organized labour and an economy producing increasingly low-wage precarious jobs … Keep reading »

  • John Clarke – Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?

    Toronto – 13 April 2017. The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an … Watch video »

  • Basic Income: Progressive Dreams Meet Neoliberal Realities

    Up until now, the concept of Basic Income (BI) has enjoyed a greater history of being proposed than of being implemented. We may well b approaching a period, however, when this changes. The Ontario Government is holding consultations on setting up a BI pilot project. The Legislature in another Canadian Province, Prince Edward Island, has … Keep reading »

  • Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap

    The Ontario Government’s Adviser on Basic Income (BI), Hugh Segal, has released his much heralded discussion paper, “Finding a Better Way,” that sets out his proposals for a lengthy BI pilot project. If the experiment he advocates is put into effect, it will run parallel to the deliberations of a Security Reform Working Group that … Keep reading »

  • Let me tell you how Basic Income can achieve savings in other areas, such as healthcare and housing supports.

    Looking the Basic Income Gift Horse in the Mouth

    Both the Trudeau Liberals in Ottawa and the Wynne Government at Queen’s Park in Toronto have been making noises of late on the subject of Basic Income. The last Ontario Budget, in fact, declared an intention to carry out a pilot project in a community still to be announced. While no clear details are yet … Keep reading »

  • An Unconditional Citizen’s Income

    In these straitened times, the idea of a basic income, granted unconditionally to every citizen, from cradle to grave, feels utopian. How on earth could it be paid for, we wonder. Wouldn’t everyone just stop working? Where would we be then? I first came across it, in the optimistic late 1960s, in a form that … Keep reading »