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e-2497 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by John Knight from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The reasonable public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including directives to practice social distancing coupled with the closure or shut down of public gathering spaces, events and institutions, has had an unprecedented impact on the finances of Canadians;
  • Many Canadians live paycheck to paycheck working in industries impacted by these public health measures resulting in missed work and pay;
  • These people are worried where the money for rent or groceries will come from;
  • Many freelance workers specializing in the arts, consulting, coaching and countless other industries have seen contracts canceled or indefinitely postponed;
  • The income from these contracts has disappeared and now these workers are struggling to figure out how to pay their day to day expenses;
  • Businesses have also been suffering from lost sales and contracts during this time; and
  • While the hope is that they may weather this storm and recover once the danger has passed this will be difficult if customers cannot afford to come back.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to quickly approve a guaranteed basic income for every adult Canadian of no less than $1,800 per month for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recovery period.
Open for signature
April 6, 2020, at 4:08 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 6, 2020, at 4:08 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Don Davies
Vancouver Kingsway
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia