EDITORIAL – Food chains have a lot of explaining to do on grocery prices

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE PRICE OF GROCERIES will be the focus of a new phase of a parliamentary probe today, and Canadians will be anxiously awaiting the outcome.

CEOs of the nation’s three biggest food chains are being called on the carpet and they’ve got some explaining to do.

While inflation is expected to continue heading down for the rest of this year, putting food on the plate inexplicably continues to cost us more and more.

Everything from fruits and veggies to meat and potatoes to dairy and cereal keep going up. Why?

The food stores insist they aren’t taking advantage of us but projections by the 2023 Canada’s Food Price Report are that prices will continue rising.

According to the report, Canadian families of four could pay an additional $1,000 or more this year to feed themselves.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, alternate TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Food chains have a lot of explaining to do on grocery prices

  1. Dave Monsees // March 8, 2023 at 7:40 AM // Reply

    Soon, they will be adding the added price of the carbon tax….it gets added to everything we buy, and of course the increase in transportation costs will add to the dilema. Nothing is as efficient for raising costs is to add a tax.

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