The right hour: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses figures from the month of May to illustrate the rise in food prices in a video clip

Just the time: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses figures from the month of May to illustrate rising food prices in a video capsule

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THE STATEMENT

In a video posted Tuesday on social networks, the co-spokesperson of Quebec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, addresses the subject of the rising cost of living.

He cites a few examples of foods to show how much they have increased over the past year. “Iceberg lettuce, 47% more expensive. The pound of butter, 23% more expensive. Bacon, 22% more expensive,” he lists.

THE FACTS

True time: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses figures from May to illustrate rising food prices in a video capsule

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses data from May to calculate the rates because the video was shot this summer. His calculations are correct for this period.

However, according to the most up-to-date data from Statistics Canada on “Average monthly retail prices for certain products” for the month of last July, he is wrong. In two months, the year-on-year price variation has moved for these three products.

During this period, iceberg lettuce cost $1.56 per unit, or 4.9% less than a year ago.

The straight line: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses figures from the month of May to illustrate the rise in food prices in a video capsule

The hour correct: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois uses figures from the month of May to illustrate the rise in food prices in a video capsule

“In July there was indeed a drop in price, but it obviously did not last long, because currently it is almost impossible to find an iceberg lettuce below $2.49 in large supermarkets”, maintains Gabrielle Arguin , QS press officer.

However, there is no Statistics Canada data for September 2022 yet to confirm this statement.

As for bacon, the 500 gram package cost $7.14, a variation over one year of 8.84%, a far cry from Mr. Nadeau-Dubois' 22%.

Finally, in the case of butter, c is rather the opposite. In July, it cost $6.32 for 454 grams, a 46% increase in one year. This is twice as much as the variation over one year mentioned by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois in his video capsule.

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