John Kenneth Galbraith in St. John's

He advised former U.S. president John F Kennedy. He's written 30 books. And on Thursday, economist John Kenneth Galbraith received an honourary degree from Memorial University.

In the morning, Galbraith and his wife Katherine had a visit with the provincial cabinet, with the media in attendance for a short while.

We asked Galbraith what advice he would give the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He said, "Nothing so denies a person liberty as insufficient income. And I am a strong advocate of a basic support for the poorest people, something which a rich country like the United States and Canada can afford,"

Galbraith was also asked what he thought of people leaving Newfoundland to find work. He talked about his own experience of leaving a life of hard work on a farm and becoming a professor at Harvard University. Galbraith said people should be able to make their own choices about where they go.