I would like to call everyone’s attention to a recent Motion brought by NDP MP Leah Gazan.
Motion M-46 for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income in Canada
The text of her Petition to the House of Commons follows, Sign it here.
Also consider contacting your local Member of Parliament and asking them to speak on/support/sign the Motion M-46. Find your MP here: ourcommons.ca/members/en/search
A PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS A call to support Motion M-46 for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income in Canada We, the undersigned Citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:
WHEREAS, a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income (GLBI) would provide a financial safety net for all persons in Canada, as a means of eradicating poverty and addressing situations of precarity, especially through major economic shifts, global pandemics, natural disasters, major industry automation and job loss;
WHEREAS, a GLBI would reduce Canada’s growing poverty crisis, thereby reducing the demand on social services, law enforcement and healthcare, resulting in additional cost savings for government and tax payers;
WHEREAS, a GLBI would account for regional and territorial differences in living costs for all Canadians over the age of 18, and be administered through the existing tax system at no extra cost;
WHEREAS, a GLBI would not require participation in the labour market, education or training in order to be eligible, and would be paid on a regular basis;
WHEREAS, every person in Canada has the right to live in dignity, with access to a livable income, accessible affordable social housing, food security, expanded health services, and meet their basic human needs, no matter their status;
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to take action and be a country that upholds human rights for all where no one is left behind;
and WHEREAS, a GLBI would replace the temporary Canada Emergency Response Benefit on an ongoing and permanent basis in a concerted effort to eradicate poverty and ensure the respect, dignity and security of all persons in Canada now and for future generations.
THEREFORE, your petitioners call on the Government of Canada to support Motion M-46 for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income, the first initiative before the House of Commons during the COVID-19 pandemic to address poverty as a human rights crisis, which calls on Canada to take action, introduce legislation, and work with provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous peoples to ensure that a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit on an ongoing and permanent basis in a concerted effort to eradicate poverty and ensure the respect, dignity and security of all persons in Canada.
Source: MP Gazan