I’m Julie Dzerowicz, MP for Davenport. I introduced Canada’s first bill in the House of Commons on guaranteed basic income, Bill C-273 - and the second reading is coming on Monday June 14th! AMA!
Edit: Thank you to everyone for being part of my first ever AMA! Thank you for your patience as well - my account was locked partway through! I appreciate all your questions and the time you took to ask them. Again, the second reading is on Monday June 14th, and you can watch the proceedings on CPAC.
Hello Reddit, I’m excited to be here! I’m Julie Dzerowicz, Federal MP for Davenport In Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was elected the first female Member of Parliament for Davenport in 2015, and re-elected in 2019. You can read more about me and my background here.
This February, I introduced a private members bill - Bill C-273 - in the House of Commons that would enable a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income in Canada. This is the first time a bill has been introduced in the House of Commons on guaranteed basic income! I created Bill C-273 to provide an enabling framework for implementing basic income pilots to be created between provinces, territories, Indigenous governments, and the federal government. The full text of the bill is available here, and the second reading is coming up on Monday, June 14th!
It’s clear the way we’ve always done things isn’t working. Even before the pandemic, almost half of all Canadian families were $200 away from coming up short on their monthly bills. Our economic recovery will require a 21st-century approach that supports workers, tackles income inequality, spurs innovation, and delivers stability. Only by ensuring we have a system that properly supports Canadians, that provides true stability and removes all obstacles to the access to opportunity will we enable Canadians and Canada itself to achieve its potential.
Equal opportunity for everyone to succeed is one of my fundamental values and is at the heart of Bill C-273. I'll be answering all the questions I can from 12:30 - 2 PM ET today - Ask Me Anything!
Here’s my proof: