Saskatchewan Consumers Hit by Canada’s Highest Inflation
January 26th, 2018
Statistics Canada reported today that, between December 2016 and December 2017, the Consumer Price Index jumped 3.4 per cent in Saskatchewan – by far the highest of any province. In comparison, the national inflation rate was only 1.9 per cent.
“Despite the Sask. Party’s rhetoric about Alberta’s carbon levy costing consumers, Alberta’s inflation rate was just 2.0 per cent over the year since its carbon levy came into effect. Meanwhile, the Sask. Party’s package of PST and utility-rate hikes has hit Saskatchewan consumers much harder,” noted Regina–Lewvan MP Erin Weir.
“When the Sask. Party selects a new premier tomorrow, they need to clearly state whether they will continue Brad Wall’s austerity or change course to ensure affordability for working people.”
The NDP is proposing concrete policies to reduce the cost of living, including universally accessible childcare and pharmacare. Federal NDP health critic Don Davies will visit Regina this spring to launch a national campaign for affordable prescription-drug coverage.
“I have also been pushing for Saskatchewan’s fair share of federal transit funding to restore bus service between our province’s towns and cities,” added MP Weir. “Affordable transportation is an important part of ensuring a good quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.”