Make the 2000 dollar basic income permanent in Canada

Make the 2000 dollar basic income permanent in Canada

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Hello, prime minister Justin Trudeau, I am making this petition to the Canadian government on behalf of marginalized Canadians. During this current corona virus pandemic we have been able to quickly see the people of Canada fall behind financially. It seems everyone is on the edge and now the government is lagging to get the Canadian people resources they need to keep themselves afloat and the economy from crashing. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Maddie Johnson ,''The index, which examines how affordable life is in Canada, shows that over half (53%) of Canadians are living paycheque to paycheque and one in four (25%) say their debt load is overwhelming. More than one-quarter (27%) don’t have enough for their daily needs.'' This should have raised major alarm bells for the federal government to take action on the well being of its citizens.

My idea is simple. Replace the programs you already have with a permanent universal basic income. I personally lost my job in November. I live in a rural community with a high unemployment rate and high rent. I was living paycheck to paycheck just enough to cover basic living expenses my rent, hydro, food, ect. so I was forced to go on EI because there were no jobs. My EI pays me 50 percent of my former income. Which is simply not enough for people who live paycheck to paycheck. It only covers my rent. What about food? What about electricity? 

What about people with disabilities? Is it really okay for us as a society to let them fall behind just because they cant work? The answer is obviously no. Just because you are not employed doesn't mean you deserve to be homeless, food-less, heat-less. This petition is to say us Canadians have had enough watching each other suffer. In this pandemic we have proved that we care about each other. we have proved we need a basic income. Canada is willing to give 2000 to the people that need it now. This is an admission that the current systems were under paying needy Canadians before. Please work with the premiers to make this happen for all Canadian people. We can come out of this together, stronger and better. 

thank you for reading,

Laurel Kline

a citizen who is sick of seeing people suffer.

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