Green party outlines promises to tackle poverty in Canada in platform
The federal Green party has unveiled a set of platform commitments to address poverty in Canada and called for a look into the idea of a universal guaranteed livable income.
Under a guaranteed-livable-income system, every Canadian would receive regular payments from government without conditions, the Green party says.
The aim of such a system is to ensure that everyone in society has at least the minimum level of income needed to avoid poverty.
The Green party says the payment amount would be set on a regional basis and at a minimal, subsistence level to encourage recipients to take other steps to earn income.
While every Canadian would receive guaranteed-livable-income payments, the Greens say, the amount would be recovered in its entirety from higher-income earners through taxes.
The Green party says the initiative could eliminate poverty but time is needed for further study and to gain support from all levels of government.
The Green platform, released today (April 7), also includes commitments to eliminate taxes for those below the poverty line and offer free transit passes to those on income assistance.
Other promises include providing a 25-percent boost to the guaranteed income supplement for seniors and developing a plan aimed at ending child poverty.