The idea of a basic income, where the government ensures a minimum level of earnings for everyone in the province facing poverty — about $17,000 for a single person under the pilot — has much more appeal. Gone are the complex rules while its wide availability, to both those on social assistance as well as a wage top-up to the working poor, extends help to all of Ontario’s struggling citizens.

Despite the fanfare and goodwill, selling the idea to the Ontario voters is going to be tough.

Why? Because there is absolutely no consensus in this province as to why we support the poor.