Canadian Living Expenses for Parliamentary Return Top Priority: Poll

Canadians want the MP to tackle rising living costs when Congress reopens on November 22 for the first time in five months. New poll find.

A study conducted by Ipsos for Global News found that rising costs for essentials such as food and gas outweighed concerns about COVID-19’s pandemics, health care, housing, etc., making it of paramount importance to Canadians. I found out that there is.

Using the top 10 issues that Canadians reported important in polls on previous election days, the survey is a “potential priority” to address when parliamentarians return to the House of Commons. I created a list.

The latest poll surveyed 1,001 Canadians between November 12th and 15th, citing affordability and living costs as top priorities, with 33% of respondents now. It states that it is an area of ​​focus in Congress.

Concerns about pandemics were second, with 27% of respondents saying they were an important issue, followed by healthcare at 25%, housing at 24%, and the economy at 23%.

Polls pointed out that the issues are inextricably intertwined, especially during a pandemic, and it’s not surprising that they are “everything is seen as a priority.”

“Currently, affordability and living costs are slightly higher than pandemics, suggesting that Canadians are shifting from a focus on cause to effect,” the study said.

November 17th Statistics Canada The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key inflation indicator that measures changes in the amount of money Canadians pay for goods and services, reported a surge again in October. It increased by 4.7% compared to October 2020, which is the “largest increase since February 2003”.

Canada’s CPI is currently above the Bank of Canada’s inflation control target of 1-3%. 7 months in a row..

Affordable housing prices also show little sign of improvement. RBC In September, house prices are expected to continue to rise in the short term as supply and demand remains “generally very tight.”

“This will further increase the cost of ownership in a wide range of markets and housing categories,” RBC said on its website.

Polls have found that Canadians believe Congress should prioritize the issue of living costs, but are not confident that the government will move forward.

Only 23% of respondents were convinced that the government would make “significant progress in improving affordability and living costs.”

However, when it comes to dealing with pandemics, polls show that 61% of respondents are confident that progress will be made.

However, confidence in how the government improved health care (37%), housing (30%) and the economy (39%) did not exceed 50%.

Voting conducted through online surveys is considered accurate within +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 out of 20.

Report from Andrew Chen

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.