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NOVA SCOTIA: New Democratic Party passes basic income resolution

On Saturday, June 25, the left-centrist Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP) passed a resolution to “implement a guaranteed basic income for all Nova Scotians” at the party’s annual convention, according to an article in CBC News. The convention was attended by about 200 party delegates.

While no further details of the proposed provincial guaranteed basic income have been released, CBC News cites caucus chair Lenore Zann as explaining that “the idea of a basic minimum income is one she saw first hand while living in Sweden.” (Granted, this leaves unclear exactly what Zann has in mind; views on basic income in Sweden have been mixed, with the idea taken seriously by the Green Party but not in the mainstream.)

“‘This kind of idea, some people may still be in the old ages and think something like this is a radical, left-wing idea, but in fact, I would say they’re behind the times,’ she said.”

The Nova Scotia NDP is aligned with the federal NDP — the third largest party in the Canadian Parliament, holding 44 seats in the House of Commons. It also the third largest party in Nova Scotia’s provincial legislature

This is not the first time that a provincial New Democratic Party announced support for basic income. In November 2013, the Prince Edward Island NDP endorse a call for a guaranteed income pilot project, as did the Saskatchewan NDP in December 2015

Other new resolutions passed at Saturday’s convention include free tuition for community college students and the reinstatement of Nova Scotia’s tax credits for the film industry.

News Reference:

Lisa Blackburn, “Nova Scotia New Democratic Party holds annual convention,” CBC News, June 26, 2016.

Image: Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia; CC0 Public Domain

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One comment

  • Matthew Kukowski

    Automation will always displace profits. The birth rate for babies is far too low. 77 million seniors and very few babies born.

    Foreclosures on houses with Nation star is something very few are talking about. Bloomberg has the terminals and EBT has the systems and the Social Security numbers are your database for whom gets a card mailed to them.

    We have this notion that babies must work a minimum wage with mom at day care in order to survive. Just look at Hollywood movies… they are all about The Purge, Civil War and super man batman crap.

    Automated cars will NEVER happen under 18 trillion Federal Reserve Debt. We will NEVER see the end of terrorism without a Universal Income. We will never see the nuclear family and birth rates rise to match 77 million seniors. We will never see San Jose riots end..

    We are LUCKY so far America doesn’t end up like Europe with riots all over the place.

    EBT + SSN + Bloomberg Terminals = Universal Income

    New York rent does not match that of the rest of the country, so price it separate from the rest of the country. I do not think that anyone will really care how much they get, just that they get something.

    We are LUCKY we have computers to compute all this… in the 1960’s riots they did not have computers.

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