Basic Income Plus: Five demands for a better Canada

By Lindsay Advocate

Basic Income Plus: Five demands for a better Canada

Pandemics force us to take stock of our values in society; they clarify our sense of mortality and reveal how strong or weak our social fabric is.

More sensitized to our common humanity now, we must organize our economy to care for one another better.

What has been exposed in 2020 is that our current economy does not serve the needs of the majority in our society.

The social fabric has been torn; too many people are being left behind in poverty, including right here in Kawartha Lakes.

1) Basic income. It’s time for a social policy that stops people from falling through the cracks and instead gives them a springboard into new job opportunities.

2) Affordable housing. We need relief from skyrocketing home prices and legislation to ensure policies (like basic income) do not unintentionally result in unscrupulous landlords charging higher rents. 

3) Universal pharmacare. All Canadians should have access to a common list of drugs that would carry a co-payment of $2, while other drugs would cost $5 as a co-payment. 

4) Green economy. It’s time to invest heavily to create meaningful, well-paying jobs that serve a social purpose and address our climate crisis. 

5) More public enterprises. This means encouraging all levels of government to consider owning and running, on the people’s behalf, key enterprises. This might mean a pharmaceutical lab or a green energy company. We must limit corporate ownership in important sectors like these and others.

The Advocate will help organize this push locally, provincially, and nationally as we demand action on these five issues.

More to come.


  1. wayne says:

    Ahh such utopian dreams…..umm, who pays for all these great ideas ?

  2. Avatar photo Roderick Benns says:

    Wayne, the longer we continue to believe it is Utopian the longer nothing will get done about these important social policies that help the majority of us. Any currency-issuing country like Canada (as opposed to those nations who have given up their monetary policy control, like the EU countries) can work to achieve so much more. We’ve been led to believe for years that governments must run their finances “like a household” and never go into the red. It’s a crock when it comes to the federal government — the currency issuer. The only thing the federal government needs to worry about is inflation. If it is managed well, there is so much more room for doing good in society. Read ‘The Deficit Myth’ by Stephanie Kelton.

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