After Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he was in favor of it at a national poverty conference, this was picked up by Leaders and Legacies and then later by national media. Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson also announced strong support for the initiative.
Basic income assures the basic requirements that every citizen needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. This topic when discussed during election times would assure the people who vote the essentials will be distributed efficiently. Moreover, basic income from the state guarantees welfare for the future as well. It also helps in improving the capitalism and democracy of the state by ensuring that all its citizens have a minimum voice to raise their opinions.
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“The federal election would be a good place to have these discussions,” says Atchison, although he noted a municipality has other responsibilities to deal with, from police and fire services, to waste management issues and more.