It is time to demand reform to our safety net of income security to a basic level of income for all Canadians — to reduce poverty and inequality.

This is time to recognize the polarization of income (haves and have-nots), and stop stigmatizing and degrading people living in poverty. It’s also a time to make decisions on a just society that will not be impacted by political concessions or changes in the political party in power. A basic income should be a right, not a privilege. Moving from welfare to an income transfer program is moving helplessness to hope.