The special committee was created as a result of the unanimous passage of Motion 36 (below) on July 11, 2019:
WHEREAS poverty is the primary social determinant of health;
AND WHEREAS poverty is a complex issue and requires bold and creative approaches to understand and address the real causes and consequences of poverty in Prince Edward Island;
AND WHEREAS there is a need to establish clear definitions and measures of poverty in PEI, so as to set appropriate legislative and policy targets;
AND WHEREAS there is significant expertise available from community organizations that have studied this issue and can provide invaluable insights, analysis and data;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a Special Committee of the Legislative Assembly, consisting of two representatives to be named by the Premier; two to be named by the Leader of the Opposition; and two to be named by the Leader of the Third Party, be created to consult with members of the public and community groups across the province;
THEREFORE BE IF FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee report back to the Legislative Assembly within twelve months with recommendations to establish clear definitions and measures of poverty, and a living wage for Prince Edward Island;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee report back to the Legislative Assembly within twelve months with fully costed recommendations regarding the creation of a Basic Income Guarantee pilot for Prince Edward Island.