Premier Doug Ford’s decision to scrap Ontario’s basic income pilot project was made before any results could be gleaned from the program, making it impossible to determine whether it was a success.

That’s the opinion of at least one researcher who was on the academic team assembled to study the results of the three-year, $150-million program that launched last year.

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said the government decided to end the program after being informed by ministry officials that it was failing to help people become “independent contributors to the economy.”