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Liberals perceived as disconnected, lacking empathy with Canadians struggling with record inflation: strategists

By Stuart Benson      

With pressure increasing on the government to show it is seriously addressing the country's record inflation, politicos argue the Liberals should be listening and providing relief for low-income Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland stop outside the House of Commons before delivering the 2022 budget speech on April 7, which included the recently reannounced supports for vulnerable Canadians to deal with the country's rising inflation. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

As Canadians watch leaders in the U.S. and the U.K. announcing measures to address the pain of soaring inflation on consumers, political strategists are telling the Liberals to save their breath explaining the country’s economic situation and spend more time listening to Canadians. 

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