政府召集五大食品供应商CEO,要求在感恩节前制定出稳定价格的计划,否则政府将采取措施

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Loblaw, Empire Co., Metro, Walmart and Costco 这五大食品供应商占据市场的80%。新的数据表明 Empire 的利润比去年同期增加近40%。NDP 党魁辛格说应当对这些公司的额外利润增加收税,这些公司的高管否认谋求暴利,认为价格增长,事出有因。​

Ottawa summons major grocery CEOs to talk lowering food prices — or else​


By Sean Boynton Global News
Posted September 14, 2023 5:57 pm
Updated September 14, 2023 6:18 pm

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WATCH: Trudeau says grocery chain heads to be summoned to Ottawa about rising food costs

The federal government is summoning the heads of Canada’s major grocery chains to Ottawa this fall to begin discussions on a plan to lower food costs for Canadians, as inflation continues to impact grocery bills.
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The companies are being tasked with coming up with a plan to stabilize prices by Thanksgiving, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as he marked the end of the Liberal cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Thursday, ahead of Parliament’s return next week.

Trudeau said if the grocers fail to come up with a plan that provides “real relief” for middle- and lower-class Canadians, the government will take further action that forces the companies to do so.

That could include tax measures, he warned.

“It does not make sense in a country like Canada that our largest grocery chains should be making record profits while Canadians are struggling to put food on the table and we’re seeing record usage of food banks,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister said the heads of the country’s five top grocers — Loblaw, Empire Co., Metro, Walmart and Costco — will have the best overall view of their industry and what can be done to lower costs. Those five companies make up roughly 80 per cent of Canada’s grocery market.

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1:09NDP’s Singh proposes taxing grocery store chains’ excess profits

For months on end, food price inflation has outpaced overall inflation, which was 3.3 per cent in July. Food inflation, by contrast, was 8.5 per cent that same month, a slight easing of price growth compared to earlier this year.

At the same time, Loblaw, Empire and Metro have reported continued profit growth in their most recent quarters. Trudeau’s announcement came hours after Empire announced its profits are up nearly 40 per cent from a year ago, a $73.5-million increase. Walmart and Costco, both American companies with Canadian arms, have also seen profits rise.

“What we are saying to them is, enough is enough,” Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said. He said he expects the CEOs to be in Ottawa for discussions next week.
The minister added the government will also be scrutinizing large food processors and looking to how G7 allies and other international partners have tackled rising food costs to inform its discussions with the Canadian grocers.

Major grocers have faced accusations of profiteering as food prices have climbed, though executives from Loblaw, Metro and Empire denied these allegations before a parliamentary committee studying food inflation earlier this year.

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2:27Canada’s grocery giants not cooperative with pricing investigation

The Canadian companies — which also own pharmacy chains and other businesses in addition to grocery stores — have pointed to other factors within their business to account for increased profits, including strong sales of non-food items. Empire attributed its latest profit growth Thursday to the sale of its 56 gas stations in Western Canada to Shell Canada.

The Retail Council of Canada further argues rising vendor costs, driven by supply chain issues and other external factors like climate change and the war in Ukraine, are what’s driving increased prices at the grocery store.

Those vendors must also be included in this month’s discussions, it said.

“Grocers are always prepared to have good faith discussions with government about our industry, challenges with the food supply chain, or with affordability for Canadians,” spokesperson Michelle Wasylyshen said in a statement.

“But we are not going to get anywhere with discussions that time and time again fail to look below the surface as to the true cause of rising grocery prices.”

An industry committee has been working on a grocery code of conduct that aims to level the playing field along the grocery supply chain in Canada.

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2:08Food inflation: More competition needed to tame high grocery prices in Canada, report argues

Last month, the Competition Bureau released a study saying Canada’s grocery industry needs more competition to keep food prices down.

The largest grocers have increased the amount they make on food sales in recent years, the bureau said, with the three biggest grocers collectively reporting around $3.6 billion in profits last year.

Food gross margins increased by a “modest yet meaningful” amount of one to two percentage points over the last five years, the study found.

Loblaw and Metro referred questions from Global News to the Retail Council of Canada. Empire did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the government’s announcement.

“We understand Canadians continue to struggle with the rising cost of living,” a spokesperson for Loblaw said in an email.

“Beyond the steps we’ve already taken to help, we are always open to discussions about what more can be done across the industry.”

Liberals face cost pressure​

The food price plan was one of several announcements Trudeau made at the end of a cabinet retreat that was largely focused on addressing Canadians’ cost of living concerns.

Ottawa will remove GST on construction of new rental apartment buildings, and is also telling municipalities they must end exclusionary zoning and encourage building apartments near public transit in order to get federal funding through the Housing Accelerator Fund.

Trudeau also announced his government will extend the deadline for businesses to pay back loans granted through the Canada Emergency Business Account during the COVID-19 pandemic by one year, to the end of 2026.

But the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said the extension it has long called for was “not good enough,” noting the initial deadline for repayments that would forgive up to $20,000 of their loans was only extended by 18 days, to Jan. 18, 2024.

“The extension of the forgivable deadline by a few weeks will be of very little value to the thousands of small business owners who just don’t have money to repay now,” CFIB president and CEO Dan Kelly said in a statement.

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2:47Liberal caucus gathers as party slumps in the polls

Kelly said CFIB data suggests 69 per cent of small businesses in Canada that accessed loans through the CEBA have not yet been able to repay any of it back, and only 18 per cent have fully repaid as of this month.

The Liberals have seen slumping poll numbers that suggest Canadians believe the Conservatives would do a better job dealing with affordability and housing concerns.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has spent the summer touring the country hammering the government on economic issues and presenting his own plan to lower costs and build more homes.

In a press release the federal government also said it will take steps to “enhance competition across the Canadian economy,” giving the Competition Bureau the power to take action on corporations that work together to stifle consumer choice — specifically citing large grocery stores that have prevented competitors from setting up shop nearby.

— with files from the Canadian Press

 
NDP 党魁辛格说应当对这些公司的额外利润增加收税
这个傻逼除了一天到晚加税,还会干啥?
 
lobeeelaw可是土豆family的座上宾
 
资本家有付出,得到回报同时也负担风险。一个卖,原买就买,不愿可以走开。凭啥做慈善。政府要做好人可以开国营供销社么。社区食堂也可以。不要既要又要
 
土豆朝自己大腿嘎了一刀,就问老不老死怕不怕?
就天津渭的怕。其他地方琢磨这哥们自残为啥。
明知竹篮打水还搞掉宣传,就是甩锅
 
呢嘛房东苦逼啊。
 
希望挺住不鸟土豆,看他加什么税?
 
供应商胡乱涨价早该管管了,
 
人民公社食堂办起来
 
早就说过,零售商不是造成物价高涨的原因。

餐馆也是普遍涨价,难道都是餐馆老板在涨价?土豆要不要召集餐馆开会,让他们降价?

Homedepot,Lowes,轮胎店,花鸟鱼虫店,狗粮猫粮店,都在涨价,土豆要不要召集那些店老板们开大会?

土豆可以成立物价局了,或者土豆自领加拿大物价管理小组组长了。

这届政府已经不再是传统上的自由党政府,已经在奔向社会主义集权政府的道路上狂奔。
 
这是什么逻辑?加税不是进一步提高食品价格吗?
 
国民没骨头,要像卡车工人一样,罢市两周,看看怎么样。
我准备抵制这五大超市中谋取暴力的!先罢两家,大家推荐,哪两个?
 
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