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Basic Income and the Canadian Welfare State: Exploring the Realms of Possibility


  • Mulvale James P.

    (University of Regina)


This article probes the current status of the welfare state in Canada, including its failure to ensure economic security for all. Historical and current proposals in Canada for guaranteed or basic income (BI) as an alternative model are outlined. These Canadian discussions are situated in relation to broader international debates on BI. Finally, some current political openings for advancing a guaranteed income framework for Canada are explored.

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  • Mulvale James P., 2008. "Basic Income and the Canadian Welfare State: Exploring the Realms of Possibility," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 3(1), pages 1-26, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bistud:v:3:y:2008:i:1:n:6
    DOI: 10.2202/1932-0183.1084

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    1. Casassas David, 2008. "Basic Income and the Republican Ideal: Rethinking Material Independence in Contemporary Societies," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 2(2), pages 1-7, January.
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