Friday, March 01, 2013

A Town Without Poverty?: Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning | The Dominion

A Town Without Poverty?: Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning | The Dominion
Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning
by VIVIAN BELIK

WHITEHORSE, YK—Try to imagine a town where the government paid each of the residents a living income, regardless of who they were and what they did, and a Soviet hamlet in the early 1980s may come to mind.

But this experiment happened much closer to home. For a four-year period in the '70s, the poorest families in Dauphin, Manitoba, were granted a guaranteed minimum income by the federal and provincial governments. Thirty-five years later all that remains of the experiment are 2,000 boxes of documents that have gathered dust in the Canadian archives building in Winnipeg...