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QUESTION PERIOD — Finance

Food Security

December 7, 2023


My question is for the Leader of the Government. Leader, today is the Media Food Drive, and I encourage all Canadians and Quebecers to be generous as usual. After eight years of this Liberal government, there is a huge need.

Let me tell you what Chantal Vézina, the executive director of Moisson Montréal, had to say:

Needs have been steadily increasing since the pandemic. We thought that they would level out, but it’s not just those people we would typically consider vulnerable who have been turning to food banks for help this year.

The middle class, people with jobs, now have to use food banks. That’s shameful.

Senator Gold, when will Prime Minister Trudeau put an end to his inflationary policies that are making Canadians poorer?

Hon. Marc Gold (Government Representative in the Senate) [ + ]

The Government of Canada’s fiscal and monetary policy served us well in getting through the pandemic. What’s more, if we look at the numbers, the inflation rate continues to drop.

That’s not to say it’s not difficult for Canadians to live in these different circumstances, because it’s true that the cost of groceries continues to rise.

To answer your question, government policies are not to blame for what’s happening globally with respect to the cost of living, including the cost of groceries.

Leader, a 17-year-old boy from Montreal wrote to Santa Claus to tell him that he would be happy with anything at all. He told Santa not to worry about giving him something he already had, because he has nothing at all. I don’t understand how the Prime Minister can remain so indifferent to these stories, wash his hands of them and take no responsibility for the situation.

Senator Gold, what can Justin Trudeau do now to make up for everything he’s left undone over the past eight disastrous years?

Senator Gold [ + ]

Not only is this not true, but it’s really disappointing to hear someone say the Prime Minister is washing his hands of the challenges facing children in Canada. It’s so far from the truth that, quite frankly, I don’t have the time or inclination to answer your question any further.

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