Roderick Benns writing in the National Post with a brief summary of Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos’ and the Liberal’s engagement with basic income from Dauphin to Duclos’ 2008 policy brief which states:

“Unlike the current EI program, BI would be available for an
unlimited period of time and would be noncontributory
(funded out of general revenues). It would be federally
financed and administered through the personal income tax system, and thus be more vertically and horizontally equitable.
In-kind supports such as supplementary health, dental
care and prescription drugs, currently available only to welfare
recipients, would be extended to the working poor.”