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The Politics of Affordability

September/October 2022 Issue

It has been a long, long time since Canadians had to worry about high inflation, let alone rapidly rising interest rates. In moments like this, opposition parties can be quick to capitalize on the politics of affordability. Queue Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Pollievre, who has been feasting on the politics of inflation and interest rates all summer long. In this edition of the Monitor Randy Robinson writes about how the right weaponizes inflation in his article “The Devil’s Crowbar.”

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