Thursday’s provincial election may represent a watershed moment for attempts to end poverty in Ontario.

My five colleagues — Gary Bloch, Laura Cattari, Debbie Douglas, Mary Marrone, Janet Reansbury and John Stapleton — and I have been part of discussion and debate, in some cases over several decades, involving government and civil society, about the desperate need for income security reform in our province. We have contributed to, supported and critiqued report after report, government proposals and specific reforms. Over the past 15 years, the focus has been mostly on incremental progress — until this spring.

The first sign of hope came with the March provincial budget. In that document, the government promised major investments in income security reform. In fact, the budget promised to implement a large portion of the early recommendations of the Income Security Roadmap.