ASHTON ASKS HEALTH MINISTER TO APOLOGIZE AND ACT

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OTTAWA – MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) stood in the House of Commons today to ask the Minister of Health to apologize for her Government's attack on the UN Rapporteur's preliminary report on Food Insecurity in Canada. Ashton also asked the Government to act on ending food insecurity faced by Aboriginal Canadians.

"Yesterday this government launched a shameful attack on the UN Rapporteur for food including saying that he had not visited the North. Wrong, Mr Speaker. He visited Gods River in Northern Manitoba and Northern Alberta. He pointed to the fact that many Canadians, especially Aboriginal Canadians lack adequate diets due to poverty." 

Ashton went on to ask the Minister for an apology for this attack followed by a demand for action.  She asked the Government to face "the fact that in a country as wealthy as Canada that so many Aboriginal communities are living in third world conditions?"

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