About Author

Roderick Benns is the publisher of the Precarious Work Chronicle and is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World.' An award-winning author and journalist, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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  1. I agree with MPP Hillier’s concerns about our current income support systems, but believe we must raise the minimum wages whether or not a basic income is enacted. Here are my reasons:

    1. It makes human sense. Raising wage rates is a question of establishing a livable wage, not a ‘career’ wage as Mr Hillier characterizes it. Minimum wage rates have been increasing over the last few years across most of Canada, but still full time work for 52 weeks – ie with NO vacation time at all ––does not yield a yearly income which reaches, no less exceeds, the poverty level no matter how measured. That is no way to protect the most vulnerable working people, the objective Mr. Hillier identifies for minimum wage laws.

    2. It makes free market theory, fairness and good government sense. If livable minimum wage laws are not enacted and basic income is, then BI will become a subsidy to low wages employers, offloading some of their operating costs onto taxpayers. In a competitive market, this creates an advantage likely to drive other wages down as well, increasing the basic income cost to taxpayers.

    3. It makes economic sense. Basic income together with livable wage laws can revitalize local economies. People living on very modest incomes tend to spend all their money locally. It then circulates fruitfully through the local economy, supporting local businesses and creating more local employment opportunities, which altogether will lead to an increase in tax revenues.

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