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Feds should implement pilot project on guaranteed income

By Art Eggleton      

A basic income is a simpler, more transparent administrative approach to fighting poverty than currently exists, and it would extend benefits to those not covered by social assistance programs, such as the working poor.

Liberal Senator Art Eggleton looks over one of the 4,000 postcards being presented to the All-Party Anti-Poverty caucus by the Dignity for All campaign on Parliament Hill on May 6, 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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We have immense challenges in our country when it comes to poverty. We have families that struggle to pay rent. We have children that can't afford school supplies or to go on school trips. We also have many that can't afford to put good food on the table and have to rely on donations at the food banks just to feed their families. According to Statistics Canada, one in seven Canadians live in poverty. That's over five million

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