It’s ‘Debate Night in London’!
Two teams for and against a basic income guarantee will take the stage at 7:00 on Monday evening to debate the following statement:
“Be it resolved that every Canadian should receive a Basic Income Guarantee.”
Basic Income Earth Network defines basic income as “A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.”
There are a wide variety of proposals on how that sort of system could work.
“We’ve got four supremely intelligent individuals from across the country joining us,” said debate organizer James Shelley. “We have two teams of two arguing for and against the motion over three rounds of debate.”
Debaters include Mike Moffatt of Western University and Margot Young of UBC on the ‘No’ side. They’ll be up against Ottawa-based policy analyst Chandra Pasma and Dr. James Mulvale of the University of Manitoba who will be arguing for the statement.
People in attendance will be asked to vote on the motion when they arrive, and then watch the debate unfold.
“After that happens, everyone in the room is invited to vote again and the team that increases support for their side of the motion over the first vote is the winner,” Shelley told AM980.
The debate is at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Public Library’s Central Branch. Doors open at 6:30.
“It provokes a very interesting, a very nuanced conversation,” said Shelley. “Even though the debate format juxtaposes for and against the motion, ultimately I think it’s really about gathering together as a community to have a conversation about the kind of nation and the kind of community we want to have.”