Food Banks Canada gives Trudeau Liberals a D- in tackling poverty
Just shy of an F grade, Food Banks Canada has given Trudeau and his Liberal government a D- in tackling poverty, having watched in horror as food bank use skyrockets across the country.

TCS Wire

May 23, 2024

Just shy of an F grade, Food Banks Canada has given Trudeau and his Liberal government a D- in tackling poverty, having watched in horror as food bank use skyrockets across the country.

Food Banks Canada gives Trudeau Liberals a D- in tackling poverty

In every province in Canada, Canadians have been decimated by the quick onset of the worsening financial situation.

Food bank use is up, and affordability is down. Way down.

Of the metrics that go into the overall grade, people feeling worse off than last year is consistently up across the board, with nearly half or more in every province saying they’re spending over 30% of their income or housing/rent, which doesn’t include other living expenses or debt payments like student loans.

Canada-wide, this represents 43.6% of Canadians, constituting an F grade.

Similarly, half of those receiving government support say that these funds are insufficient to combat the explosive rise in the cost of living.

In terms of the poverty rate, 9.9% of Canadians are now considered impoverished based on data from Statistics Canada, 6.1% are unemployed, and 22.9% (1 in 5) face food insecurity.

Additionally, in terms of the experience of poverty, poverty measures, material deprivation, and legislative progress, Food Banks Canada has given the federal government a D-, F, D+, and C, respectively.

“People from all across Canada are facing increasing poverty and unprecedented rates of food insecurity. From coast-to-coast-to-coast, nearly a quarter of people are facing food insecurity, and one in ten live in poverty,” writes FBC.

Provincial governments aren’t doing much better either. In fact, there are only two provinces that haven’t received an overall grade of D- so far this year, Quebec and Prince Edward Island, each of which has received a not-so-stellar grade of C+. And unfortunately, until the federal government stops printing money and intentionally running multi-billion-dollar deficits that can only lead to nationwide inflation, things aren’t likely to change.

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