Support for basic income has been steadily increasing over the years, to the point where the majority of Canadians now support it. Since this is the case, why hasn’t the government implemented it yet? The answer may lie in some of the myths opposing basic income.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Jiaying Zhao and Lorne Whitehead from the University of British Columbia debunk some of the common myths surrounding basic income. They argue that, rather than being unfair, complicated and expensive, basic income can be fair, simple and affordable. They point to existing research that supports basic income as a fiscally-responsible way to provide individuals with stability, safety and security.

Zhao and Whitehead make the case for basic income to be implemented as part of a nationwide program to reduce poverty and enable all Canadian citizens and residents to thrive. They write: “Poverty touches us all — it is everyone’s tragedy, which is absurd because poverty can be affordably reduced.”

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