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Court upholds Ontario government’s decision to cancel basic income pilot project

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is photographed during a session of the Legislative Assembly on Ontario, Sept 17 2018. Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail via The Canadian Press

TORONTO – An Ontario court has denied a request that it quash the provincial government’s decision to cancel a basic income pilot project.

In a decision released Thursday, a panel of three Superior Court judges ruled the court has “no power” to reverse the move made by the Progressive Conservative government last summer.

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The Tories announced in July they were cancelling the project, which provided a guaranteed annual income to participants in three Ontario cities: Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.

The previous Liberal government had announced the project in April 2017, with the intent of making it a three-year study.

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After it was cancelled, a group of four basic income recipients sought a judicial review to quash the government’s decision, saying it adversely affected their well-being.

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But in their written decision, the judges say they have “no power to review the considerations which motivate a cabinet policy decision.”

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