Let’s imagine you’re a prime minister with $4.6 billion to spend. Do you:

  • Eliminate child poverty? Or,
  • Give upper middle-class parents a 1 per cent increase in income?

Interesting choice. On the one hand, you have this longstanding pledge from the government of Canada — made way back in 1989 — to eliminate child poverty. On the other hand, you have a more recent pledge made by your party to deliver an income-tax cut to couples with children who have one high-earning spouse. Which promise do you choose to fulfill?

We know Stephen Harper’s answer. He delivered it last week, when he held an event to announce a series of tax measures and spending increases targeted squarely at parents.