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.