Even pandemics have silver linings and COVID-19 has at least one: a sharper focus on income disparity and widespread poverty in Canada.
With this awareness comes quickening footsteps of reluctant officials and an ongoing pros and cons debate over one concept, a guaranteed annual income.
What critics, which include social justice advocates, a puzzle to me, need to consider is that a guaranteed annual income is one tool dealing with poverty, not the only tool.
Even the recent B.C. experts panel, two years in the making, is not out right rejecting a GAI. As Hugh Segal points out the three-person panel seems to have themselves “bumping into each other while coming around the corner” in a report of 65 recommendations.