Universal basic income: Yea or nay?

Jessica Sikora, John Clarke, Avi Lewis, Guy Caron and Josephine Grey

There is a lot agreement among people of all political stripes that the wage economy isn't working. One of the solutions we've heard a lot about is the Basic Annual Income. The idea being that everyone would be guaranteed an annual income paid by government. The concept is about to be tested out in Ontario in a limited pilot program.

On the surface, it looks like an ideal solution.  But not everybody is convinced it's a good idea.

On Thursday April 13, The Leap Manifesto and the Ontario Coalition against Poverty hosted a lively debate in Toronto between people who think it's a good idea, and those who have serious reservations.

Speakers:

Opening remarks Kikelola Roach - Unifor Sam Gindin Chair

Avi Lewis - Moderator - The Leap

John Clarke - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Josephine Grey - Low Income Families Together

Jessica Sikora - OPSEU Local 586 

Guy Caron - Member of Parliament (NDP) Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques -- and candidate for the leadership of the federal NDP

Bonus: You can listen to comments and questions from the audience on our Soundcloud page.

Hosted in partnership with: OCAP, OPIRG-Toronto, OPSEU Local 586, Ryerson Centre for Policy Innovation and Public Engagement, The Leap, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.

Photo: Victoria Fenner, rabble.ca

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