$1,500 universal income wouldn’t work

Workers Compensation will always have to remain in effect.

$1,500 universal income wouldn’t work

Re: universal monthly income

Once again, another letter writer blowing off steam, shooting from the hip, and not bothering to do any research on the topic.

First of all, John says that other countries have a universal monthly income policy in effect. He has not mentioned what countries and how the policy works. John mentions that Workers Compensation could be eliminated. That is a separate entity in itself, as it deals with wage loss, healthcare, rehabilitation services in relation to body functions, and vocational rehabilitation in regards to finding another job career. A payment of $1,500 per month is not sufficient to someone on the mend from a workplace accident, and the loss of additional services. Workers Compensation will always have to remain in effect.

John mentions no more handouts like Welfare as it costs the government 20 to 30 per cent of the total government expenses. How so? The B.C. government budget for 2020/2021 shows that welfare costs are 4.6 per cent of the total B.C. budget expenditures. B.C. residents on welfare have basic dental coverage, optical coverage, and medical prescriptions costs all paid for. Changing that to $1,500 per month and the elimination of those expenses would put them worse off.

John mentions no more old age security and allowing only for a top off after age 65. This is comical.

To be eligible for old age security in Canada, you must be age 65 and over to begin with.

Letters to the editor must be written on basis of facts and reality and not on assumptions of non-researched opinions.


Joe Sawchuk



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