Basic Income is a phrase that can mean many things
Elaine Power was one of two speakers who presented on the idea of a Basic Income at the Annual Campaign Meeting of the Put Food in the Budget campaign on May 12. (John Clarke of OCAP was the other speaker and we will soon send out a summary of his remarks as well).
Elaine begins her comments by saying
“There is no such thing as a Basic Income. It is a phrase that can mean many things. The Fraser Institute and the National Post and the right wing have one idea about what it is and what it could be.”
Elaine is a founding member of the Kingston Action Group for Basic Income Guarantee and the group authored the BIG Charter and Call to Action.
Elaine Power read the BIG Charter to the more than 100 people in attendance. You can hear Elaine read the BIG Charter here.
After reading the Charter Elaine said “Personally I think this is an idea that’s worth fighting for – but it’s going to be a fight because the Fraser Institute and the National Post and the corporations are going to want a very different idea of a Basic Income”(See Fraser Institute Report here - (The Practical Challenges of Creating a Guaranteed ... - Fraser Institute)
Elaine concluded her presentation by saying
“I used to think government did the right thing, I don’t believe that anymore. But it is a bit like physics. If there’s enough pressure they’ll change”.
Listen here to Elaine’s concluding remarks.
You can hear Elaine's entire seven minute presentation here.
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