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‘Food insecure’ Canada rebukes UN official

Posted on May 17th, 2012 at 5:05 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News -- Write a comment


Stung by a UN official’s criticism of the country for allowing some of its people to go hungry, Canada has dismissed him as a “patronizing academic” and said there are more pressing food concerns in other countries.

“Canada has long been seen as a land of plenty. Yet today one in 10 families with a child under six is unable to meet their daily food needs,” Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Conservative government of Canada has reacted like a scalded cat. Uncharacteristically, at least three ministers have been trotted to the microphones to abhor this “ill-informed, patronising academic”. And don’t mention the facts; that obesity and diabetes rates are rocketing especially in remote communities where fresh food is expensive or unobtainable. Canada’s First Nations citizens are often poor; have high levels of violence, substance abuse and crime; have poor diets and poor health.


  1. The change in the image of Canada from all-round Good Guy to pariah is one of the strangest and quickest falls from grace I can remember. From a peace-keeping, friendly, clear-eyed, intelligent and decent people (everything the US thinks itself to be but isn’t) they are now seen as rapacious, uncaring breakers of treaties, tar sands land rapers and despoilers. Yes it’s because of Conservative government and the execrable Harper and his cohort. But the real wonder is that Canadians, the ones the rest of the world used to admire, voted them into power. Is it time to come home yet, Sue?

  2. Canada is about 30 years behind the US and UK politically. We are now enduring a mini-Thatcher regime.

    It’s likely this country will kick the b*stards out next election…they only got in with the opposition split. This won’t happen again, imo. We’ll have a NDP government in 4 years.

    But the outcome for First Nations and Inuit citizens is generally one of grinding poverty regardless of who is in power.

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