Shortly after the the COVID19 lockdowns were put in effect, Canada made the wise decision to financially support children, students, wage earners, and small business owners with a variety of government programs. In doing so, Canadian families have been protected, the economy has been stabilized, and small businesses have been supported during one of the most difficult times in our country’s history.
However, the music will stop eventually. Sooner or later, it will be business as usual. That is to say, innocent hard-working Canadian families will return to the days of income inequality and middle class families will, once again, return to their typical paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyles. Only a select few at the top were truly satisfied with that state of affairs. Today, Canadians are understandably distracted by much more immediate concerns, namely the coronavirus pandemic.
Internationalists believe that a social safety net should not be a temporary measure for pandemic-level emergencies. Under an INCEP administration, Canada will remove the legal barriers needed to facilitate access to NIDA’s international universal basic income program in development – this is a core feature of INCEP’s 10-point platform.