NDP and Romeo Saganash Concerned About Cost of Food in Canadian North

Val-d’Or — MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) shares the NDP’s concerns about exorbitant food prices in the Canadian North and is calling on the Conservative government to take action to put an end to this flagrant injustice.

Like his colleagues, Mr. Saganash finds it unacceptable that a small bag of apples or a 2‑litre carton of milk costs up to $15 in the North, when these products can be purchased at a fraction of that cost elsewhere in Canada. The situation has long been recognized, but has deteriorated since the Conservative government replaced the Food Mail Program with the Nutrition North Canada Program.

The Conservatives should admit their mistake and immediately begin seeking an acceptable solution for our communities,” said Mr. Saganash. “It’s unacceptable for the government to dismiss out of hand the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food’s criticism of the situation, especially since the government has no concrete plan for fixing the problem.”

NDP MP Jean Crowder echoed those concerns this afternoon in the House of Commons. "The reality is that our fellow Canadians in the North have had enough and are starting to say, loudly and clearly, that they will no longer tolerate these outrageous prices and don’t want to have to rely on a food bank for food. When will the Conservatives make their nutrition program more transparent and efficient, once and for all?”