I figured with a month and a bit to go to the LPC Biennial Convention in Montreal, which will be crafting and formulating policy resolutions among other things (and which, assuming I’m accredited, I will be there covering it as a blogger) I’d start focusing on a few things and ideas that interest me and which I think should/could be a major topic leading up to the Convention. The Basic Income Supplement proposal will be the first one I look at.
What is it you may ask? Basically this:
A basic income supplement (BIS) is a direct way of dramatically reducing or eliminating poverty in Canada by ensuring that all Canadians have access to the financial resources they need to secure safe housing, food, and a reasonable standard of living. It would be administered through the federal income tax system.The idea is often referred to as a guaranteed annual income (GAI), a guaranteed minimum income, a negative income tax or simply as a basic income…
We have already embraced the idea of a basic income for children and seniors: the National Child Benefit Supplement for low income families with children and the Guaranteed Income Supplement for low income seniors are similar to a basic income supplement administered through the federal tax system.
A basic income supplement is a logical next step for Canada to take, to ensure that all Canadians have that support. Canadians from many different political parties support the idea of a basic income supplement.
If you look through the articles below the above particular quote, you’ll see that folks like Conservative Senator Hugh Seagal supports this, and there are other articles both for and against and in between on the idea of the BIS.
The idea is currently being championed to get passed at the Biennial by Jesse Helmer, a Liberal blogger who’s taken a bit of a break from blogging, but who is quite active in the Party… and someone I can tell you from crossing paths (and swords) with him before that he isn’t one of those Liberals I’d place on the left side of the Party. However, this idea I think is one that many “progressive” Liberals could support, and one on which first blush I think I could support as well.
If you wish more information on the Basic Income Supplement idea, or how you might help get it passed at the Biennial, please email Jesse at his address for more info.