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LETTER: 'Shortsighted' federal policies hurting Canadians

Midland resident says federal government 'must take responsibility for the mess' it's created
2019-10-18 Trudeau visit RB 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shown during a 2019 visit to Barrie. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday files

BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected] or via the website. Please include your full name, daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

Our towns and cities across the country are under financial stress, as their resources to support the homeless are disappearing.

They all plan tax increases to resolve the issues, but tax increases act in the same manner as rent increases encouraging more homelessness.

I would like to know why the inflation rate calculation method has not progressed with changing times to reflect today’s circumstances.

Housing prices, rent increases tripled across the country, but were not included in the inflation calculation. These things affect inflation rates even more than the basket of goods and services that is used for the calculation.

The true inflation rate might be 20 per cent. It is time to change and forget calculating hamburgers.

Tax increases affect inflation rates as well.

All our towns and cities across the country are facing huge costs to upgrade their infrastructure like wastewater and potable water treatment plants because of our population growth.

They are struggling to get the homeless some shelter spending millions on hotel rooms.

 This is just another side effect of the government’s federal immigration policy's shortsightedness in not planning for their arrivals.

The federal government must take responsibility for the mess it has caused.

Brian Mellor