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Vecchio slams feds for surging inflation rate

Postmedia Staff

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Oct 21, 2021  •  3 days ago  •  1 minute read  •

The MP for West Elgin and Dutton Dunwich residents slammed the Prime Minister and his government last week for delaying the return of Parliament until late November while inflation numbers have surged to an 18-year high.

Karen Vecchio, who represents Elgin-Middlesex-London, quoted Statistics Canada in saying Canada has reached its highest inflation point since 2003, with a cost of living that’s 4.4 per cent higher than a year ago.

Vecchio blamed the federal government for the increase and said Parliament should resume sooner than later to address the issue.

“Today’s numbers show the damage that the Liberal government has inflicted on our economy with risky deficits and a trillion-dollar debt that has been saddled on Canadians,” the local MP said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister has had the opportunity to recall Parliament and send a strong signal to Canadians that he is ready to get serious about the economic challenges facing our country. Unfortunately, he has failed to do so and instead, he has avoided accountability by delaying the return of Parliament until late November.”

Vecchio continued: “This government’s failed policies have made it increasingly difficult for businesses to stay afloat, as shipping costs, supply chains, and operating budgets become harder to secure.”

The Elgin-Middlesex-London MP said she’s heard from “numerous business owners who are feeling the pressure of surviving in today’s economy. Families are constantly seeing increasing prices of housing, gas, groceries, and everyday essentials.”

Vecchio said she’s “ready to get back to work and tackle the economic challenges that Canadians elected Parliament to handle.”

The Conservative MP was re-elected to the riding in the Sept. 20 election. She was among other MPs who were to have been formally sworn in on Oct. 26.