Basic Income Should Be Studied By Trudeau Government, Commons Committee Says

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in celebrating International Women's Day with his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau (far right) in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The Commons finance committee wants the Liberal government to study the idea of a basic income. | CP
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OTTAWA — A Liberal-dominated parliamentary committee is calling on the federal government to explore the concept of guaranteeing people a minimum income.

The finance committee has tabled a pre-budget report that recommends a study and pilot project on basic income — which is seen as a way to lift people out of poverty.

The committee also urges the Liberals to examine the feasibility of a universal, national, prescription drug program and provide targeted support for regional economies hit particularly hard by the weak dollar and low commodity prices.

They are among 56 recommendations in a document that calls on the federal government to act on a broad range of subjects — from aboriginal issues to labour mobility to a national transit strategy.

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The House of Commons finance committee says it heard pre-budget suggestions from 92 witnesses last month and received another 175 written submissions from individuals and groups.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will present the Liberals' maiden budget on March 22.

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Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 2, 2016. Basic income is on Duclos' radar, who studied the idea as an academic. (Canadian Press photo)

Independent Liberal Sen. Art Eggleton recently tabled a motion asking the federal government to sponsor a pilot project to evaluate the cost and impact of introducing a national basic income program, along with at least one province or territory.

Eggleton says efforts to address poverty have failed and argues that existing programs have only entrapped people. 

Guaranteed income is on the radar of Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, an economist who studied the issue as an academic.

"Mr. Duclos follows the evolution of the basic-income issue, but at the moment the minister's priorities are found in his mandate letter," said Duclos's spokesman Mathieu Filion.

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