Grow more veggies

That sounds silly and probably not very interesting, but it’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think about galloping inflation. Experts have been predicting dire increases in the cost of food for the past couple of years or so. Come to think of it, they may not all be experts; some of them are probably political hacks with axes to grind. Or elected representatives of the people, such as Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.

Viersen’s latest circular has as its major headline – ‘Inflation is real,’ followed by ‘The cost of everything is going up.’

As usual, Viersen’s message is framed in a manner designed to cast the maximum of blame on the federal government. I.e. – if you elect a Conservative government, we’ll do a better job.

But politics aside, the cost of living is going up and causing regular folks some concern. Never mind the things we can do without; heating and power bills are notably higher this winter. Groceries also. Some people are likely going to be pushed over (or is that under) the poverty line.

What anybody can do about this is a good question. Electing a different government is one thing – although you take your chances with that. What any party in opposition says can be taken with a grain of salt. Being in government is a totally different ball game.

It seems likely that quite a lot of Canadians are going to have to sit down and figure out what they can do without. Either that or they’re going to end up having to seek handouts – from government or elsewhere. Public and private charity is a big part of the picture already, and it appears destined to become even bigger, if things keep going the way they are.

There are things people can do, on a small scale. One – as noted – is to grow more of their own food. People doing this then would be in a position to barter for other things they need – taking the shortage of cash out of the equation.

Refitting houses so they require a lot less energy to heat is another useful measure. It costs a fair amount, though. No getting around that, but there are federal grants available to help. More of that out-of-control government spending! It seems we just can’t do without it.

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