Anger and outrage, shock and betrayal: Those were some of the raw emotions after one of the world’s largest basic-income experiments was suddenly canceled.
Earlier this week, Doug Ford, the conservative new premier of Ontario, Canada, pulled the rug out from under the experiment, which provided 4,000 people living at or near the poverty line with a stipend.
Ford’s government hasn’t publicly said much about its reasoning for canceling the program, other than claiming it disincentivizes recipients from finding work.
Business Insider contacted several people who were receiving income under what was supposed to be a three-year pilot project put in place by Ontario’s previous government.
It lasted only one year, despite Ford’s campaign promise to keep the pilot project funded.