Rising inflation is putting many Canadians under stress.
So when the federal finance minister said she was cutting her family’s Disney+ subscription and urged others to take similar steps, Twitter users responded with anger and confusion.
This weekend Global News aired an interview with Chrystia Freeland where she talked about the rising cost of living, interest rates and how Ottawa will help.
Anchor Mercedes Stephenson asked Freeland if the Liberal government is open to reviewing wasteful spending programs.
Many Millennials and increasingly Zoomers spend on life experiences, dining, socializing, entertainment and vacations because they believe they couldn’t save enough for a down payment even if they tried.
“Might as well use the money I have to enjoy life in a different way.”
— Kenneth Chan (@iamkennethchan) 6 November 2022
In response, Freeland said the government had already announced it would look to find $9 billion in savings in the federal budget.
However, she added that she recognized Canadian families are facing a challenging time and is examining their spending.
“I personally, as a mother and wife, look closely at my credit card bill once a month. And last Sunday I said to the children: ‘you are older now. You don’t watch Disney anymore. Let’s cut that Disney+ subscription,” she explained. “So we cut it. It’s only $13.99 a month we’re saving, but every little bit helps.”
Freeland added that she believes she will take the same approach parents cut costs by mirroring those habits at the federal level.
“Because it’s money for Canadians,” she said.
“We need to spend money to support Canadians. We need to spend money to invest in growth – like investing in the green transition.”
She added that federal finances will be scrutinized and the president of the Treasury Board will find $6 billion in savings.
A clip of Freeland’s response was shared on Twitter by @inklessPW.
“Chrystia Freeland has a tip for families struggling with inflation,” the tweet read.
Since it was posted late Saturday afternoon, it has received hundreds of comments and retweets from people who are not impressed.
Saves enough for 45 seconds of rent
— Duncan Stewart (@stewartape) 6 November 2022
Some responded, saying they’ve done everything they can to cut smaller bills, but important living expenses continue to weigh on them.
I am cutting my direct TV subscription. Save $90 a month! Still paying 500+ a week in gas and groceries for our family of 5.
— Marie (@MRobi29) 6 November 2022
Others called on the federal government to create solutions itself.
How about fixing the problems instead of “every little bit helps”?!?
— Phil Goodwin (@rocklayer99) 6 November 2022
A number of other social media users said the comments showed a disconnect with the issues Canadians are experiencing.
— #TrudeauMustGo (@askwhymoreoften) 6 November 2022
The disconnection reveals itself once again.
— David Sims-🇨🇦🇺🇲🇬🇧 (@DavidSI58) 6 November 2022
Last week, Freeland presented this year’s autumn economic report and said that a slowdown in economic growth is expected.
She also talked about doubling the GST tax credit for Canadians for at least six months, which was announced on October 18 when Bill C-30 received royal assent. She reiterated that the payments will start going out on Friday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that Canadians can expect to start receiving payments on Friday the 4th. November.
Some relief also awaits small business owners.