A Guaranteed Liveable Income Plan

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The facts below, most of which I gleaned from watching a couple of recent webinars on the need for a Guaranteed Liveable Income (one of which was given by the Jesuit Forum) have prompted me to repeat them here. Particularly during a pandemic, it is easy to forget those who are worse off than we. But the needs remain and they are real. And things get worse during a. pandemic.

To begin with, ten percent of all Canadians live below the poverty line. Thirty-five percent of these are First Nations people. Basic needs which we all face include shelter, food, heat and clothing. Those who live in poverty often must chose which ones of these they can pay for.

A Guaranteed Liveable Income would close this gap. Most of the people in need of medical care are poor which leads us to conclude that poverty itself causes illness and even death.

Two out of three Canadians support a Guaranteed Liveable Income plan, demonstrating the reality that good will is not lacking among Canadians. Although the cost for a federal Guaranteed Liveable Income is significant, it is not prohibitive. “National and international evidence suggest that it would cost no more than 1% of GDP.” * The benefits of a GLI outweigh the current difficulties many are undergoing. The only things lacking are political will and trust in those who appear to be different from us.

A Guaranteed Liveable Income plan would make it possible for more Canadians to get job training, education, participate more fully in their communities and have resources made available to them which would facilitate a more dignified life rather than one which is stigmatized. Those of us in support of a G.L.I. would urge its implementation to be delivered with a minimum of bureaucracy. In order to close existing financial gaps its initiation would occur alongside other social supports including healthcare, pharma care, pension and educational supports

One of the ways to show support for this plan is to write letters to our government officials, including one’s Member of Parliament, the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister.

If you feel this cause is one you would like to contribute to, feel free to move forward with the information above. Below are the addresses of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and how to google the address of your Member of Parliament, if you don’t know it already.

Happy letter writing!

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*Elizabeth M. Davis, rsm

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0AZ

pm@pm.gc.ca

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland

Department of Finance Canada

90 Elgin St.

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0G5

chrystia.freeland@canada.ca

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To find your Member of Parliament google:
"who is my member of parliament?"

Click on “Members of Parliament”
put in your constituency or postal code

Grace Colella graduated with a Masters in Arts and Ministry in Spirituality degree from Regis College where she also trained as a Spiritual Director. Her love of people, nature and music inspires her to write poems.

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3 Comments
  • Grace C.
    Posted at 04:58h, 14 September Reply

    There will be a rally for GLI this Saturday September 18th at Nathan Phillips’ Square beginning at 1pm.

  • Chantal Balthazar
    Posted at 07:36h, 14 September Reply

    Thank you Grace.

  • Richard Grover
    Posted at 08:47h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks Grace for reminding us that we are citizens of both our Church and State. Practical measures such as wearing masks, distancing, and getting 2 vaccinations are immediate steps to save lives during the pandemic. But in the long run, so will the Guaranteed Livable Income since it will help lift the poor out of the conditions of poverty in which the poor live.

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