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MPs reject NDP motion to reform Nutrition North – Nunatsiaq News

Jun 6, 2024

In House of Commons on Wednesday, 286 members vote against motion and 26 support it

A federal NDP call to reform the Nutrition North program and force big grocery chains and suppliers to lower the prices on essential food, was defeated Wednesday in the House of Commons.

The vote was 286 opposed and only 26 in favour of the NDP’s motion. Twenty-four of the NDP’s 25 members voted for it, along with two Green Party MPs.

“We are going to force corporate grocery stores to lower their prices or else we are going to impose price caps,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a press conference Tuesday, the day before the vote on the party’s motion.

“This is about using the power we have to actually make life more affordable.”

The Nutrition North Canada program was launched in 2011 as a joint initiative between Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada.

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