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Roderick Benns, “Goodbye welfare, hello basic income.”


Benns writes about the possibility of a ‘basic income’ in Canada, where each citizen would be entitled to $20,000. However, Benns seems to conflate a Negative Income Tax, which he effectively argues for, with a basic income, since he argues that $20,000 should be the ‘cut-off point’ where a citizen should not receive the basic income anymore. Regardless, Benns discusses the desirability of implementing a basic income guarantee in Canada.


Roderick Benns, “Goodbye welfare, hello basic income”, Leaders and Legacies, 1 May 2015.

About Josh Martin

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Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.

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