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Freeland acknowledges Disney+ cancellation comment ‘privileged’ – National

Freeland acknowledges Disney+ cancellation comment ‘privileged’ – National

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says she recognizes her privilege after being criticized for drawing parallels between her decision to cut her family’s Disney+ subscription to save money and the efforts of Canadians to make ends meet amid skyrocketing living costs.

“I want to start by acknowledging that I’m a very privileged person,” Freeland said when asked by reporters in Milton, Ont., on Monday.

“Like other elected federal leaders, I’m paid a very substantial salary … I really recognized that it’s not people like me — people who have my real fortune — who are struggling the most in Canada today.”

Freeland faced criticism for being “out of touch” after telling Global News’ The West Block on Sunday that her family cut their Disney+ subscription to save money.

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Freeland said the government is working to find savings in the federal budget and that there is “$6 billion more left,” adding that she believes “every mother in Canada” is using the same approach to cutting costs.

“And I want to say to all these mothers, I think that I have to take exactly the same approach with the federal government’s finances, because it’s the money of Canadians,” Freeland said in the interview.

Freeland said Monday that people struggling to keep up with the high cost of living are low-income Canadians who “have to make tough choices” about what food to buy and how to cover their rent.

On November 3, the federal government released its fall fiscal update, with plans such as pre-paying work benefits and eliminating student loan interest.

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Freeland said the recognition that low-income Canadians are struggling in this economy shaped the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement, and contributed to the decision to “focus government resources on helping the most vulnerable,” which also drove the decision to double the GST tax credit.

The government also recognizes that young people are struggling too, which is why they decided to permanently eliminate the federal interest on Canada Student and Canada Apprenticeship Loans, Freeland said.

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