The Conservative government needs to address hunger and poverty in Canada


House of Commons


March 4, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, what a typical response.

An international expert reports on a real problem in our communities and the Conservatives respond by attacking the messenger.

A serious government would recognize that 800,000 Canadians depend on food banks every month.

A serious government would listen to UN concerns about nutrition, especially for children.

When will the Conservatives stop ignoring these problems and bring in measures to ensure good nutrition and bring an end to hunger in this country?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Artic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, that is the same member who wants to create a massive new bureaucracy called the sodium registry.  Those members want to force every family bakery, every family restaurant to register with the government how much salt they put in their foods.  Canadians do not want bureaucracy; they want choices.  That is why our focus is on providing Canadians with information they need to make health decisions for their families.  This just goes to show again how out of touch the NDP is with Canadians.