May 25, 2020

What follows is a real, unedited, email exchange, a sort of "novel" that writes itself. Only the names (except mine) have been changed. (On my French you can read a "novel" about my adventures in money laundering; no names have been changed.)

I have written about confirmation bias before. Conspiracy theory is confirmation bias on steroids. While this conversation is pe...

October 23, 2019

For the past 3 years, my primary goal has been to get the Liberal Party of Canada to include Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) on its electoral platform. (Support for this policy is already in the official Party program.) The election was held on Monday October 21st and UBI was never mentioned. My ultimate goal Is to see UBI implemented in my lifetime. 

I ended up fighti...

October 10, 2019

In July 2016, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau introduced Unconditional Basic Income to Canada and never mentioned it to anyone.

6.4 million Canadians can count on benefiting from about $500, tax-free, every month, no questions asked. This program contributes $46 billion per year to GDP, and adds $4 to GDP for every dollar it costs.

It's called the Canada Child...

September 13, 2019

This post is based on a talk presented on August 24, 2019 

at the 19th Basic Income Earth Network Congress in Hyderabad  

In August 2016 I set myself the goal of getting Basic Income implemented in Canada in my lifetime (I’m now 65). My immediate goal was to get the ruling Federal Liberal Party to put the issue on the platform for the October 2019 election...

July 1, 2018

I am announcing today the founding of the Black Swan Society whose mission is to provide the federal government with an all-inclusive, zero net cost, Basic Income dividend plan to implement starting in 2020.

This social dividend is a plan for the middle class, and for those working very hard to join it. Our social safety net is crumbling. It is inefficient and...

June 4, 2018

Saturday was the last general council of the Quebec Liberal Party before the October election.

For $100, you got to enjoy a buffet, you were given the privilege of buying a local beer for $7.75 at the President's Cocktail and you got the chance to meet interesting people... if you were a member of the LPQ (another $5). Here is a personal take on my encounters....

May 30, 2018

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Of course not! That's silly. You have to be in love first, before even thinking about marriage. Yet how much explaining goes on about Basic Income! Wait, don't we want people to fall in love with it? Imagine "falling in love" with marriage. Good luck with that! Basic Income is not an object of love. It is a process, a mechanism, a means to an end. We don...

May 30, 2018

As part of the Public Conversation on Intergenerational Solidarity and Equity, the moderator of the debate on public services and policies asked how a Basic Income would be implemented. My answer:
You skipped over the first question you have to ask yourself: what does Basic Income offer? You have to see what it's worth before you consider how much it costs and...

May 29, 2018

The Institut du nouveau monde (INM), a non-partisan organization whose mission is ̂to promote citizen participation in democratic life, is currently conducting a vast online public conversation on intergenerational solidarity and equity in Quebec. Here is my contribution to the debate. It goes, of course, to Basic Income.

"If the payments into the Generations Fund...

April 29, 2018

Here we have Stephen Gordon, an economist, weighing in on Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is addressing the issue of cost, certainly one of the two major objections to UBI. One would have hoped to receive the special insights of a professional on this public policy proposal.

Instead, I found the article dismissive and the tone condescending. It is titled You know, ther...

April 28, 2018

You may find me harsh with the Quebec government. When you introduce a basic income, you have to start somewhere. Here is what I wrote in December 2016:

Neither universal nor individual nor unconditional

It is Voltaire who quipped that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. I am convinced that Basic Income will be implemented in the next decade....

April 28, 2018

Both Greece and the province of Québec have adopted a form of UBI. Neither program qualifies as a genuine Basic Income because both are means-tested. However, there is a stark difference between the two.

The Greek program, "Social Solidarity Income," has been rolled out countrywide since February 2017. It is not a test. A key feature of the SSI is that eligibility does...

April 23, 2018

66 millions d'emplois menacés par les robots cries the headline in the French magazine L'Express. "66 million jobs threatened by robots." Or is that, perhaps more ominously, by the robots. There is a subtle ambiguity in the original.

When a robot can replace me to do a job better, faster, and for longer than I can, it is because the job in question was inhuman to begin...

April 22, 2018

Version française

Yesterday, at their National Convention in Halifax, the members of the Liberal Party of Canada adopted Basic Income as official party policy. This is the third time that the grass roots membership has voted in favour of a resolution supporting Basic Income. This year's resolution follows similar successful resolutions from 2014 and 2016.

The reali...

April 8, 2018

Bill n°173 : An Act mainly to introduce a basic income for persons with a severely limited capacity for employment

Who can be against a law that increases the income of people in great need? This is the great skill of this project which does not lend itself easily to criticism by using deceptive language for ideological purposes.

I refuse to play the game. I will use Des...

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