May 11, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY 1 - https://ubipetition.ca/ma1.html
Thousands of people across Canada have signed an official House of Commons e-Petition advocating for the creation of a Canada-wide Universal Basic Income system. On Thursday May 7, the e-petition was posted on the Commons website and opened for signatures for 30 days. It was created by Port Alberni resident Chris Alemany and sponsored by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns.
Canadian citizens and residents can sign the e-petition at the House of Commons website or through ubipetition.ca
A day after launching, the e-petition had surpassed the 500 signature threshold needed for it to be presented in the House. Organizers expect thousands more.
"With the COVID-19 crisis decimating our economy and the CERB going out to millions of Canadians right now and still people falling through the cracks, the time for a simpler, more efficient, and universal system seemed clear," said petition creator Chris Alemany, "We need to drop all the caveats and conditions on the CERB so everyone who is out of work can be supported now. In future, the patchwork of support and employment programs across Canada can be replaced permanently. This has been advocated for and tested for many years."
The Text of the Petition is as follows:
- The unequal patchwork of insurance, support, and welfare systems across Canada represent a barrier to the constitutional right of Canadians to live and seek work anywhere in the country;
- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a more robust and all-inclusive support structure for all Canadians in both normal times and in crisis situations; and
- A universal basic income has been tested successfully in multiple jurisdictions in Canada and around the world with positive economic and social impacts.
We, the undersigned, people of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to work urgently across party lines and in partnership with provincial and territorial governments to overhaul our employment and welfare systems and implement a guaranteed, consistent, national, and livable universal basic income system for all Canadians in all parts of Canada."
Campaigners will be raising the issue of Universal Basic Income to MPs and the public up to the June 6, 2020 signature deadline and beyond.
"Fifty Senators recently put forward a letter urging action on Universal Basic Income. There is a lot of momentum right now,” noted Alemany, "I believe all MPs, from all regions and parties have an interest to come together to see how a Universal Basic Income system would have helped us were it in place before this crisis struck and how it can improve our country during and after the pandemic."
People are encouraged to sign the petition through:
3854 6th Avenue
Port Alberni, BC
Unceded Traditional Territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath.