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Trudeau Insider Warns Inflation Hinders Fight Against Inequality

  • Former top economic policy adviser defends targeted spending
  • Cites core-age employment gains as Canadian leader’s legacy
Justin Trudeau and Tyler Meredith in 2018.

Justin Trudeau and Tyler Meredith in 2018.

Photographer: Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office

One of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s longest-serving economic advisers said progressive governments need to reckon with the unequal impact of inflation, arguing it requires carefully-targeted spending.

Tyler Meredith, who left government last month after nearly seven years, warned that Canada’s 40-year-high inflation rate “hurts, most importantly, the people at the bottom end of the income distribution.” It therefore risks undermining Trudeau policies that have sought to reduce wealth inequality.