Governments Are the Real Price Gougers

by Lee Friday

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said “he was ready to ‘throw the book’ at those who hiked prices on essential goods by five or ten times their usual value.” He said:

I’m calling them out: Pusateri’.s I heard that they’re selling hand wipes for $30 a tin? That’s disgusting. Absolutely disgusting that a company like that would be selling hand wipes for that cost….It’s beyond belief….Nothing gets me more furious than someone taking advantage and price gouging the public that are in desperate need of these items.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Let’s consider the circumstances of Pusateri’s price gouging, but let’s also consider the circumstances related to the price charged by the government for its so-called universal healthcare system. This seems appropriate in light of Ford’s concern about providing adequate healthcare resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to Pusateri’s price gouging.

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