Radical Trust: Basic Income For Complicated Lives explores the notion that a basic income is a compassionate and dignified response to poverty and income inequality in Canada. Through extensive testimonials with those that the "social safety net" fails most dramatically, it tells the stories of lived experience, as individuals navigate the complicated circumstances of their lives. The myth of meritocracy creates distinctions between the deserving, a distinction that is the basis on which Canada's entire income support system rests.
It's become apparent that Canada's current income support systems do not work.
The COVID-19 pandemic shattered the illusion that income support will be there when you need it. But this shattered illusion isn?t new for those with lived experience in these systems. Many have suffered persistent, and generational poverty. For years, Canada's income support schemes have failed Children in foster care, Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit persons, people who struggle with addiction, and many others who are left on the fringes of our society.
About the authors
Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Policy Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath and a Political Economy Research Fellow with the Independent Social Research Foundation. Evelyn L Forget is Professor of Economics in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.