In the 1960s, my mother's monthly family allowance cheque paid for a week's groceries.
In 2011, the median Canadian two-parent family had an income of just over $90,000. At that level of net income, a family with two children receives Canada Child Tax Benefit worth $87 per month. That doesn't come close to paying for a week's groceries.
The Harper government has already gone some way to providing greater tax recognition for the costs of children through the introduction of the Universal Child Care Benefit and the introduction of a non-refundable child amount credit. Both of these are good policies.
Yet they are overlaid upon a CCTB system that contains fundamental flaws.