Letter to the editor: federal inflation driving up back-to-school costs

‘After eight years of Justin Trudeau, everything is broken – even back-to-school shopping.’ Photo credit: Pexels/Oleksandr P


As summer ends and kids start getting their school supplies ready, parents across the country have their own reasons for singing the back-to-school blues this year. 

The inflation crisis caused by Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government, has affected every area of life – including yearly back-to-school shopping for essentials.

Stationery, which includes such items like pens and paper, are up 49%. Reading material is up 32%. Food inflation is making it more expensive to fill a lunchbox. Staples like bread, crackers and milk are all more expensive than they were last year. 

Across the country, prices are up, and parents are feeling the pressure. Some are cancelling their kids’ extracurriculars to make ends meet. Others are going into debt to make sure their children have the back-to-school supplies they need. Charities that help families secure school supplies are seeing demand skyrocket and their resources dry up.

After eight years of Justin Trudeau, everything is broken – even back-to-school shopping. Liberal policies have fueled inflation, increasing the cost of the goods we buy and the interest we pay. Life costs more for all Canadians, especially those who can afford it the least.

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. This was not Canada eight years ago. That’s why common-sense Conservatives and our Leader, Pierre Poilievre, are fighting to bring home lower prices for Canadians. We will cap costs and stop wasteful government spending to bring down inflation. We will cancel Trudeau’s tax increases so that parents can afford to buy food and give their kids the tools they need to grow and learn.

Tony Baldinelli is the federal MP for Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie. He currently serves as the Official Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Tourism.

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