Fishy Conservative claims about Nutrition North Canada

Nunatsiaq Online

FRED HILL & MICHAEL FITZGERALD: Conservative candidates in this year’s election will no doubt try to convince voters that Nutrition North Canada has reduced food prices and increased the consumption of healthy foods in isolated northern communities.

Bernard Valcourt, the minister responsible for the program, has repeatedly made such claims in the House. 

On Feb. 3, for example, he said “the transportation of nutritious perishable food has gone up by 25 per cent” and claimed that “the cost to a family of four has gone down by $110 a month.” The Auditor General, on the other hand, found that the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada lacks the data required to measure the success of the program.
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