When will price increases stop?
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This article was published 15/06/2022 (350 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Many seniors and families in Kildonan—St. Paul have contacted my office with concerns over the record-high costs of food, gas (which is over $2 per litre as I write this), and housing.
The Prime Minister has claimed that Canada’s inflationary crisis would be ‘transitory’. He was wrong. The cost of living continues to grow, and millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation.
Let us take a closer look at the increase in housing costs.
In the 1970s, the average income was about $25,000 and the average house price was about $50,000. A person could reasonably buy a house and pay it off within 10 years — but this is no longer the case. In just the last six years of the Liberals being in government, the average house price has doubled — reaching $868,000. Something is seriously wrong with this situation.
The inflation we are seeing is due in large part to the policiers of this government. The Liberals ran massive deficits throughout their first term without making any difficult financial choices. Massive government deficits means there was more money in the economy, chasing fewer goods, which then means higher prices for those goods.
The Liberals argued that, so long as the economy kept growing, this was a sustainable practice. However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought our economy to a halt and required a massive increase in deficit spending. The weight of our COVID-19 spending would be far more manageable if the government had been making sound economic choices in better times.
As the federal representative for Kildonan—St. Paul, I work diligently to represent the people of this area and bring their concerns to the federal government. The rising cost of living is a major concern for seniors living on fixed incomes who are struggling to afford groceries; and for families with children who are concerned about gas prices and being able to afford housing. Unfortunately, the federal government is not listening to these concerns in a meaningful way.
Canadians want answers and a real plan to ensure that they will be able to afford putting food on the table, a roof over their heads, and the ability to get to work and drive their children to soccer practice.
I will continue working to ensure the voice of Canadians who have been left behind by the federal government are heard in Ottawa.
If you would like to share how the rising cost of goods and services has affected you, or ideas for how the federal government could better address the issue of inflation, please call my office at 204-984-6322, or email email@example.com
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.