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February 3rd, 2023

NDP names critic for Food Price Inflation

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, has tapped NDP MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford) to be the critic for Food Price Inflation, as Canadians face ever-rising prices at grocery stores.

Singh’s move comes a day after grocery giant Loblaw lifted a price freeze on some products — sparking worry about food prices rising even faster in February.

“Everyone should be able to afford healthy food,” said Singh. “But right now, families are crossing items off their grocery list, or racking up bigger bills at the till — and the Liberals are letting it happen. Justin Trudeau is letting the cost of living get worse for you, so profits can get bigger for CEOs.

“Alistair MacGregor is a champion for working families. He’s going to fight for every tool possible to stop greedflation, so people have a more breathing room. That includes leading the fight for a windfall tax, because we have to stop rewarding grocery giants for gouging families.”

NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) takes over from MacGregor as critic for Public Safety. Julian is also the NDP’s house leader; critic for Canadian Heritage and deputy critic for Finance.

In addition, NDP MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay) will take on the International Trade file. Cannings is also the critic for Emergency Preparedness (Climate Change Resilience); Small Business and Tourism; and the deputy critic for Innovation, Science and Industry as well as the deputy critic for Natural Resources.

Taylor Bachrach (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) takes over as deputy critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.