Premier Wade MacLauchlan says his government continues to try to pursue a guaranteed annual income pilot for P.E.I., despite the fact federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau publicly threw cold water on the idea one week ago.

During a digital town hall event with Huffington Post Business on March 30, Morneau responded to a question about government’s plans for a basic income as “not something we are looking at.”

But on Thursday, MacLauchlan said the province remains committed to pressing the federal government for assistance on a pilot for P.E.I.

“We continue to work on that and we continue to hope for it,” MacLauchlan said during question period.