From coast to coast, growing anxiety over rising living costs has propelled affordability to the top of the agenda in Canada’s federal election. Kitchen-table economics remains firmly ensconced as one of voters’ top five priorities even as concern over COVID-19, which had ebbed earlier in the summer, becomes more acute amid the spread of the Delta variant, according to a recent Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News. But affordability worries increasingly include two drastically different sets of issues. On the one hand, there’s the climbing inflation, which is forcing consumers of every age, income and political creed to spend more to fill up their tanks and grocery carts. On the other hand, a long-simmering affordability crisis spanning housing, childcare and higher-education costs seems to have reached boiling point, fuelling angst among younger voters especially.