Ontario’s Conservative government tells us they want to talk about dignity. According to their slogans, they’re the people’s government, and after a 100-day consultation into the admittedly faltering and woefully inadequate social assistance system in this province, they tell us they’re responding with compassion “for Ontario’s most vulnerable.”

That, at least, is the rhetorical groundwork Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa McLeod was laying for months before Thursday’s announcement of meagre increases to social assistance programs that affect the lives of nearly one million Ontarians