Ending Poverty: A Basic Income for All Canadians

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James Lorimer & Company, Apr 29, 2002 - Political Science - 200 pages
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As Canada's social safety net continues to be eroded and the gap between rich and poor in our society continues to grow, it becomes increasingly urgent to confront the problems of poverty in fresh and creative ways.

Political scientist François Blais offers a bold new proposal to assist the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society: a guaranteed basic income, or allowance, to be paid to every Canadian citizen. Elaborating on ideas endorsed by two Nobel laureates, Blais outlines how a program might be implemented that would replace the present profusion of social assistance programs with a single, universal benefit.

Stimulating and original, Ending Poverty offers an important contribution to the ongoing debate over social justice in this country.

Originally published in French as Un revenu garanti pour tous.
Translated by Jennifer Hutchison.
 

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Contents

A Basic Income or Guaranteed Annual Income?
3
Fighting against exclusion without increasing poverty
9
Basic Income
15
Reconciling Efficiency and Fairness in a Changing World
21
The economic role of social policies
28
Economic grounds for a Basic Income
37
A Basic Income and social justice
48
Chapter 3
60
Various funding options to explore
69
Shortterm implementation scenario
79
The future of a Basic Income and the welfare state
86
Conclusion
101
Endnotes
107
Bibliography
123
Index 130
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FRANÇOIS BLAIS is Professor of Political Science at the University of Laval. He is co-editor of a book on liberalism and nationalism published by the Presses de l\Université Laval and the author of many articles concerning social justice issues.'

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