It’s a Tale of Two Budgets. This week, both the federal and provincial budgets will be released.

Like the opening lines of Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” for some it may continue to be “the best of times”: Perhaps for corporations who pay some of the lowest taxation rates in the world or for the 11 per cent of families who will benefit from income splitting?

For many Canadians however, including more than three million people living in poverty, it’s been “the worst of times.”

Inequality continues to fragment our society while families seeking affordable housing and child care struggle; stable income supports and living wage jobs elude many others.