You can bet that the Liberal budget last week guarantees that more people like the fellow I sat with the other day at the neighbourhood food bank - we'll call him Fred - will continue to be relegated to a life on the margins.
One year away from retirement, Fred can't work now because of an injury, and was unable to land a job a year ago when he was capable of it.
"I hope they have some fruit or vegetables this month," he said to me.
Apparently, they had oranges here once.
The fact is, we might as well have voted for Ernie Eves. Finance minister Dwight Duncan had plenty of cash for roads and bridges but only a measly 2 per cent increase for social assistance recipients.
That's a paltry 35 cents a day more than the poor receive now - 40 per cent behind 1980s levels when the cost of living is factored in. Dalton's gang even kept in place the insulting clawback of the federal child tax credit - something they're fortunately getting heaps of flak for.
With social assistance providing $427 for shelter, and rents hovering around $800 a month, this budget will keep the grey zone of misery in place indefinitely.
Back at the food bank, the packages handed out are about as fresh as that old package of spaghetti at the back of your cupboard. A worker tells me they are supposed to last a month. My guess is you'd be lucky to prepare a couple of days' worth of healthy meals, which is probably why people were fighting for the free pizza being served at the counter earlier.
You'd expect bread and butter, but this month there's no bread. There's powdered milk, but other basics like sugar and tea or coffee are rarely, if ever, supplied.
Margarine is another rarity. Most people get a few old cans of this and that, maybe a few carrots and potatoes, and some peanut butter and yogurt if they're lucky.
The food industry donates 80 per cent of everything. Out of sheer generosity, it donates food it can't sell. This is considered an act of kindness.
Liberal MPP Gerard Kennedy, who's now education minister, used to head the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Back then he said he didn't believe in food banks and talked of a time when the need for them would be eliminated. But now his government is forcing many folks to subsist on a starvation diet of industry throwaways.
The Liberals continue to hide behind the myth that food banks are bridging the gap for disadvantaged families. They're safe as long as volunteers and donors, under the illusion that they're doing good, keep the institutions alive.
No doubt many of those same politicians will enjoy cocktails at next month's Daily Bread Food Bank gala dinner at the Liberty Grand.