A discussion about a basic income
The CCPA-BC is proud to present, in partnership with the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, the 2019 Annual Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture. David Green will discuss a “basic income” as a policy option for British Columbia.
In an era of high inequality, continuing poverty, homelessness and housing issues, and concerns about the impact of new technologies on work, there is an appetite for considering radical policy shifts. In that context, a basic income has received a lot of attention across the policy discussion spectrum. It has been promoted as a policy tool that can help eliminate poverty, and which can also play a central role in restructuring society and the role of labour within it.
The question this lecture will consider is, “Is it the right policy for BC now?”
David Green—a member of the BC government’s panel looking into a basic income—will first provide some background on trends in the economy that are related to the call for a basic income, and will describe the different forms a basic income will take, specify potential goals for it, and describe some of the cost and other practicalities. Following David’s talk we’ll hear some thoughts from members of different local communities about what a basic income in BC could mean, followed by a discussion with the audience about how they see a basic income—both its potential and its problems.
- Margot Young (Allard School of Law at UBC)
- Chuka Ejeckam (BC Federation of Labour)
- Trish Garner (BC Poverty Coalition)
Seating is limited and we expect to reach full capacity, so please register below. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Call 604-801-5121 x221 to register at no cost.
About Gideon Rosenbluth
Gideon Rosenbluth was a long-time research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a highly respected member of the UBC economics department, and the economics community in Canada and around the world. His rigorous approach to scholarship and community involvement was guided by his commitment to social justice. Among his many roles, he was president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and president of the Canadian Economics Association. In honour of Gideon, the CCPA and the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC are pleased to host the annual Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture.
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