Opinion: It’s no coincidence we have shortages in the most regulated sectors of our economy

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As the federal election campaign reaches its final stretch, it’s increasingly clear, based on a combination of public polling and how the party leaders have allocated their own time, resources, and attention, that housing, health care, and childcare all rank near the top of the public policy agenda. 

Although these three policy issues may seem quite different, they share one major commonality: they’re all cases of a persistent supply-demand gap that’s leading to shortages and in turn driving up prices or producing long wait lists, write Brian Dijkema, Sean Speer, and Aaron Wudrick.