What exactly is Bill S-233? What is a guaranteed level of basic income and why is it damaging to the Canadian economy?

These are questions resounding throughout Canada right now.

Introduced to the Senate by Independent Senator Kim Pate in December of last year, and currently in its second reading in the Senate, Bill S-233 would give anyone above the age of 17 who qualifies access to the program; “this includes temporary workers, permanent residents, and refugee claimants.” There are no strings attached; you do not even need to be seeking education, training, or employment.

Bill S-233 encourages a much-needed entry level worker to stay home. When I was young, my first job was as a dishwasher; not only was this my entry into the workforce, but it also taught me how to work and the skills needed in the workplace and workforce – Each of my children have started working at an entry level job at a restaurant, gas station or local grocery store. We already have massive shortages in finding people to work these entry level positions, and this stands to only make the situation much worse.

The Bill is coming up for debate in the next couple of weeks, I challenge you to contact Liberal and Independent Senators who look like they are in support of it.

I am watching the Bill closely and am ready to vote against Bill S-233 if it passes through Senate and then makes its way to the House of Commons.

Written by MP Bob Zimmer