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CANADA: Oxford-style Debate on Basic Income (video)

On April 18, 2016, an Oxford-style debate on basic income was held at the Wolf Performance Hall in London, Ontario.

During the event, two basic income supporters, James Mulvale (Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba) and Chandra Pasma (Policy Analyst, Ottawa), faced off against Mike Moffatt (Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario) and Margot Young (Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia).

The debate was open to the public, and, according to the moderator, it was well attended despite (alas!) taking place in a room with no windows on a sunny day.

Prior to debate, attendees were polled on whether they agreed, disagreed, or were undecided about the following motion: “Be it resolved that every Canadian should receive a Basic Income Guarantee.”

After hearing the four experts express their arguments for and against the motion, attendees were again on polled. The winning side was determined by assessing the audience’s change in opinion during the debate.

So, who won?

Well, I wouldn’t want to include any spoilers. Watch the debate on vimeo to find out!


Photo of Downtown London, Ontario CC Mathew Campbell, Wikimedia Commons

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Kate McFarland

About Kate McFarland

Kate McFarland has written 469 articles.

Kate has previously made a living as a professional student, with her most recent academic interests including philosophy of language and pragmatics. She has been a writer and reporter for Basic Income News since March 2016, and she received an Economic Security Project grant work 2017 in support of her work. She also accepts donations on Patreon (although she is in the process of moving to a platform for one-time donations), where she explains a little more about her role in the UBI community.

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