An Ontario government proposal for a three-year pilot project to study a Basic Income program in Ontario must not be used as an excuse to delay action on poverty, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says.

“There is nothing wrong with studying new ways to deliver income supports,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas said today. “The problem is, people are homeless now. Children are hungry now. Ontarians were homeless and hungry when the Liberals got elected in 2003, and they still are to this day.

“Studying is fine, but for goodness sake, raise social assistance rates now.”