Letters to the Editor – from Arnold Viersen

Back to school costs are up, and guess who is to blame

To the Editor:

As summer ends and kids reluctantly pack up their water balloons and bathing suits for another year, parents across the country have their own reasons for singing the back-to-school blues. The long arm of Justin Trudeau’s inflation crisis has affected every area of life – including back-to-school essentials.

Stationery prices are up 49 per cent. Reading material is up 32 per cent. 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 essentials.

Charities that help families secure school supplies are seeing demand skyrocket.

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

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. That’s why Canada’s 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 moms and dads can afford to buy food and give their kids the tools they need to grow and learn.

It’s just common sense! So, let’s bring it home.

Arnold Viersen, MP
Peace River – Westlock

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