Globe & Mail: Let’s refocus on a guaranteed annual income
The last thing Canada needs is another bloated Federal entitlement program. In fact the solution is less Government entitlements. If we cut a vast majority of Federal spending (agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, manufacturing and regional subsidies etc.) we could conceivable eliminate the income tax entirely. Add the savings of the elimination of tens of thousands of paper pushers in Ottawa and their bloated salaries, pensions and benefits and this would result in billions of dollars back (or never taken in the first place) in the pockets of Canadians.
Let the provinces and local municipalities use the now vacated tax buffer to address social issues such as these. Friends, family and private charity should be the first option for support and government should be the last. I really try not to start calling everything socialism but despite the best intentions of this type of plan it is what it ends up being. If implemented the size and scope of such a program would have no end and all it would do is further strip any sense of personal responsibility that our society is dearly lacking.