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ONTARIO, CANADA: Minister of Housing optimistic about BIG pilot

Chris Ballard, source: chrisballard.onmpp.ca

Chris Ballard, source: chrisballard.onmpp.ca

Roderick Benns, the author of a new book of interviews on Canadians’ views of basic income, interviewed Chris Ballard, a Liberal Party Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament. In June 2016, Ballard was appointed as Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and he will now be overseeing the province’s pilot study of a basic income guarantee.

In the interview, Ballard expresses optimism about the basic income pilot, and speaks about how the changing nature of work creates a need for new social policies. He also discusses federal interest in Ontario’s pilot, mentioning that he will regularly share information with Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Read More:

Roderick Benns (November 29, 2016) “Ontario Minister hopeful for Basic Income pilot,” Basic Income Canada Network.


Reviewed by Dawn Rozakis

Cover photo: Ontario Waterfront CC BY 2.0 Vlad Podvorny

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