Chrystia Freeland's Disney+ comments upset Canadians: 'Insulting on multiple levels'

Chrystia Freeland's Disney+ comments upset Canadians: 'Insulting on multiple levels'
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Canadians are puzzled by a comment made by Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, in which she offered a personal example of a way she's cutting back on spending for her family amid soaring inflation and rising prices.

Speaking in an interview with Global News, Chrystia Freeland touched on topics like inflation, the spike in cost of living and what the Liberal government is doing to help during these exceptionally challenging times.

Freeland acknowledged Canadians are looking closely at the way they’re spending and offered an example of one way her family is cutting back on monthly expenses.

“I personally, as a mother and wife, look carefully at my credit card bill once a month,” she said. “And last Sunday, I said to the kids, ‘you’re older now. You don’t watch Disney anymore. Let’s cut that Disney+ subscription. So we cut it. It’s only $13.99 a month that we’re saving, but every little bit helps.”

Many on social media took issue with that comment, describing it as tone-deaf and out of touch, considering her salary is in the six digits.

Others felt Freeland’s statement was taken out of context.

In the interview, Freeland said that the government had already announced in April’s federal budget that it would look to find $9 billion in savings.