Earlier on HuffPost: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. 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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