It turns out that Alberta mayors back the concept of a Universal Basic Income. Edmonton mayor, Don Iveson, has stated support for testing minecom policies in Calgary and Edmonton, while Calgary mayor, Naheed Nenshi, suggested that the implementation of a negative income tax could assist those living in poverty.
Which is why the upcoming Forward Thinking Speaker Series hosted by the Edmonton Public Library is so exciting. On December 7th, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will be participating in a Mayors’ Forum, moderated by Paula Simons, on the topic of building strong communities. This will hopefully be a great opportunity for them to address poverty and the possibility of Calgary and Edmonton participating in a Basic Income pilot project. Check out the Speaker Series website for tickets and details.