Comes a Time with Hugh Segal - December 3rd, 2020
Comes a time when, as a result of unprecedented events, we need to consider change at the systemic level. The current Pandemic has illustrated many things, some good and others not so good.
The roll out of Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has demonstrated how agile our government can be in times of crisis, abandoning bureaucratic process in favour of effectiveness and impact. We have seen Leaders across the Provinces working together in a united effort to keep us all safe - assuming collective responsibility for outcomes. We have been forced to develop a mindset for change out of pure necessity - Actively embracing change and becoming agents of change
; We have been experimental because we didn't have all the answers; We have engaged in rapid prototyping and we have had to take risks, be resilient and reflective.
The Pandemic has “laid bare” many deficiencies that make up the structures that govern our society, and inequities among citizens, which we now must take responsibility for solving…
The pandemic has illustrated most acutely the growing socio-economic divide - The impact of COVID 19 has been particularly devastating on the poor and the ethnic minorities in our society. As Canadians, we have a front row seat to the drama playing out south of the border which illustrates what can happen when the gap between the haves and have nots; between the rich and poor becomes too large.
The future of our economy is at best uncertain - with mounting job losses, businesses shuttering across the country; the changing nature of work and school; the shifting economic and political relationships between, and amongst nations; the mounting climate crisis.
These are big, complex challenges requiring us to engage in social innovation; To consider bold ideas to protect the health and well being of our citizens and our nation as a whole.
One such idea we need to seriously consider is the implementation of Basic Income for Canada.
About Hugh Segal
- In 2003, Segal was made a Member of the Order of Canada which was later promoted to the grade of Officer. Segal holds an honorary doctorate degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, University of Ottawa and Queen's University.
- Hugh Segal was named honorary captain in the Royal Canadian Navy in 2004. 
- He was made chair of the NATO Association of Canada in 2013.
- In 2013, Hugh Segal was honored with a Peace Patron Award by The Mosaic Institute, an NGO based in Toronto working to promote pluralism reducing conflict in Canada and abroad.
- In 2016, he was made a member of the Order of Ontario.
- In 2017 He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years service with the Royal Canadian Navy.
"Oh, this old world keeps spinnin' 'round
It's a wonder, tall trees ain't layin' down
There comes a time"