The relative success of the CERB during the pandemic shows the time is finally right for a permanent basic annual income program.
Francis Townsend had a similar if less ambitious idea in the 1930s that never got through Congress but ended up making Social Security a lot more generous.
Ontario's basic income project was deeply flawed and cursed by a lack of quality data. It needs a major overhaul.
Research shows that guaranteed basic income programs spur economies and improve mental and physical health. That's why Ontario's decision to scrap the province's pilot project is such a bad idea.