major parties no longer believe they can truly solve the issue. The Pirate Party of Canada does not embrace such ugly
defeatism. But what is the solution? It obviously isn't the current host of welfare programs since they have done nothing
to end poverty and may in fact be contributing to keeping people in poverty. The Pirate Party feels that solving the
poverty issue is both achievable and less expensive than relying on a failed welfare system. Here's how:
$185 Billion each year through payouts and administration costs. Mincome (or Guaranteed Annual Income, or Basic
Income) is essentially a series of payouts to Canadians throughout the year based on nothing more than their status as
citizens. In short it is not a means tested program. The payouts would ensure that everyone in Canada received $20,000
over the course of a year. Mincome would costs a paltry $50 Billion when compared to current welfare spending. So how
would it be implemented?
Step one would be to abolish all welfare programs (I think I just heard a progressive faint somewheres) and replace them
with Mincome. It really is that simple. An experiment conducted in Dauphin, Manitoba highlights some of the gains
from switching over: 1. People still worked. Its rather cliche to say that if you received a free payout you'd stop working.
However, what if there was incentive to work? Welfare provides to such incentive. If earning a dollar more resulted in a
loss of a dollar in benefits there is no logical reason to work. Mincome is different in that, since benefits are not
progressively taxed, any money earned is an actual increase in your wealth. 2. Less people dropped out of school. The
need to provide for your family is one of the main reasons teenagers drop out of high school. Mincome lessens this
motivation. 3. Healthcare costs fell. Medications for depression, stress, and accidental injury fell. The threat of losing your house/car/etc has a powerful effect on your mental health. Since medication is healthcare's most expensive attribute it
is likely that the $140 Billion in savings detailed earlier is just the tip of the iceberg.
Mincome is an idea whose time has come. Its not even an idea the Left and Right have much to disagree on. Consider the
following ideology points:
-Eliminates poverty without having to raise taxes.
-Improves healthcare without having to greatly
-Would encourage more to seek education.
-Eliminates the welfare bureaucracy without
-Greatly reduces the size of government without loss of
-Would put Canada firmly in balanced budget territory.
an idea too good to hide in the back of a policy document and we will fight to have it implemented.