OTTAWA: Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, asked the following during Question Period.
“Mr. Speaker, according to Canada’s 2022 food price report, the overall food price increase is from 5% to 7%. It is the highest predicted increase in food prices in the last 20 years. This is becoming a concern for many constituents in my riding. The price of food in Alberta is expected to be higher than the national average in 2022.
When will the Liberal government finally admit that its policies have directly affected the two-decade high inflation rate?”
Hon. Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, as I have already pointed out, and as Canadians understand very well, inflation is a global phenomenon driven by global challenges, like congested supply chains and the fact that there have been very significant crop challenges around the world.
There are concrete things we can do to make life more affordable for Canadians, like building affordable housing and early learning and childcare. That is why I am so astonished that the Conservative Party opposed our early learning and childcare plan, which the Province of Alberta has now done a deal with us on.