Liberals shut agricultural sector out of Canada Food Guide study

On Wednesday, Liberal members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food defeated a motion that would have allowed farmers and producers to participate in the committee’s study on the new Canada Food Guide. In response, Conservative Shadow Ministers for Agriculture and Agri-Food Luc Berthold and John Barlow, along with Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer-Mountain View, released the following statement:

“By voting against this motion, the Liberals are ignoring the voices of those who work tirelessly to cultivate the food we eat. Shutting them out of the conversation is short-sighted, ideological and harmful for both the economy and the consumer.”

“We continue to hear from experts and physicians who are concerned that the proposed changes to the Canada Food Guide are based on ideology rather than on good science.”

“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to fight for our producers as the Liberals develop the new Canada Food Guide.”

For his part, Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, said that it is “very disturbing that the government has made a decision without consulting the agri-food sector and its farmers, including farmers in my constituency, the very people who will be most affected by this decision.”