Whenever we publish anything about income inequality there are always those who argue that those at the bottom of the income gap are somehow deserving of their poorly-paid fate.

They must have, the argument goes, asked for it in some fashion by making poor choices in life.

It’s largely nonsense, of course. But this argument especially disintegrates when one is talking about one particular group living in poverty in B.C.: children.

Children have no choice over whether they are poor or not.

They cannot help their parents to get an education or to get a job. They cannot raise themselves up out of welfare.