Ontario proposes major test of guaranteed minimal annual income plan
Ontario is poised to become ground zero for what may be the largest pilot project yet to test the notion of a basic incomein North America.
In a discussion paper released Thursday, Ontario’s special adviser on basic income suggests topping up incomes of the working poor and replacing the province’s meagre and rule-bound social assistance program with a monthly payment of at least $1,320 for a single person, or about 75 per cent of the poverty line.
I see this as a trial study of economic systems that will be forced to emerge widely in the near future to supply consumption to keep economies afloat as most workers are replaced by robotics and other computerized technology.
BILL LONGWORTH is a graduate of both Queen's University and the University of Toronto and has been a resident of Oshawa for the last 40 years.
He has been a long time political observor and activist in Oshawa and was Oshawa's Federal Conservative Candidate in the 1990 Federal By-election.
He was founder and chairman of Ward System Now, the activist organization that brought the ward system to Oshawa. He personally presented the winning case to the Ontario Municipal Board in 1985 in a 21 day hearing, the longest of it's type in Ontario History.
In his spare time, Bill likes to cottage, paint and sketch, write stories, and play his guitar.
Bill writes a weekly political news column in the Oshawa Central Newspaper and reprints his published columns at www.eyeoncityhall.ca...and he hosts a weekly political radio program on The WAVE radio...which you can hear every Monday from 6-9 pm EST at www.ocentral.com
In Bill's spare time he enjoys painting, writing, jamming and singing to his guitar accompaniment, cottaging, antiquing, and travel, and sunny drives in the country in his 2000 BMW M3 Roadster.
EMPLOYERS ARE INCREASINGLY HIRING CASUAL, PART-TIME AND CONTRACT WORKERS. THIS SHORT-SIGHTED PRACTISE HURTS THE NATIONAL ECONOMY BY INTRODUCING UNNECESSARY INSECURITY INTO 30% OF THE WORKFORCE WHICH LIMITS THEIR “BIG TICKET” CONSUMPTION. LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND JOB EQUITY IS REQUIRED TO MONITOR AND REDUCE THIS TREND. THIS WOULD ALSO REDUCE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION WHEREBY MANY WORKERS ARE DENIED SALARIES AND BENEFITS ENJOYED BY THEIR FELLOW FULL-TIME PEERS.