For people who believe poverty and social inequality can be defeated, these are not bright days.

At Queen’s Park we have a government that seems determined to destroy even modest signs of progress, such as higher minimum wages, the basic income pilot and social assistance improvements.

And in Ottawa, we have a government that talks a much better game than its predecessor, but that talk about social equity has yet to be backed up with decisive action.

The positive news is that Ottawa and Queen’s Park are investing $1.8 billion over 10 years for the Canada-Ontario Housing benefit. It promises to improve access to better quality, stable housing. It could decrease homelessness by helping people on the margins stay in housing they could not otherwise afford.