During the campaign, a spokeswoman for PC Leader Doug Ford said “nope” when asked if the basic income pilot would be scrapped, and added “we look forward to seeing the results.”

“This minister is callously dashing their hopes for the future,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “This minister is out of touch. She has no idea what people living in poverty are facing.”

Green Leader Mike Schreiner said the decision on the pilot program — leaving participants with an uncertain future — appears to be based on ideology given the lack of a detailed explanation from MacLeod.

The minister’s words about improving incentives to get people off welfare ring hollow because the Conservatives are suspending rules allowing social assistance recipients to keep $400 monthly, up from $200, earned through part-time jobs, said interim Liberal Leader John Fraser.