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Letter to the Editor – Back to School Supplies

Sept 7, 2023 – Ottawa, ON

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 backto-school essentials.

Stationary prices 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 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