New Brunswick Green Party Leader David Coon would like to see a basic income guarantee replace the province’s social assistance program which has led to “government enforced poverty.”

“It’s a different kind of social assistance system, that’s for sure. It’s simpler,” Coon said in an interview with Information Morning Moncton.

“It doesn’t have the clawbacks. It doesn’t have these awful rules that really bind people in poverty and prevent them from getting ahead in any way.”

Coon tabled a bill on Tuesday that would amend the Family Income Security Act, which provides funding to people who can’t support themselves financially.