A couple of weeks back, when StatsCan reported that Nova Scotia is the only province where child poverty increased after the Canada Child Benefit took effect, provincial officials were gobsmacked.

There would have to be discussions with the national numbers cruncher to ascertain deeper meaning from the data but, lest anyone think the provincial government is not hard on the case, Nova Scotians were told that this is Year 2 of a four-year “poverty reduction blueprint.”

The blueprint comes with a $20-million price tag and is supposed to get at the root causes of poverty. Hint: At the root are people who don’t have enough money to live on, and the cause is a lack of will — social and political — to end poverty.