The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food has released a report saying that Canada’s scrapping of the long-form census, as well as it’s possible signing of a free-trade deal with Europe, will make it more difficult to fight poverty in Canada.
Scrapping the long-form census has a detrimental impact on efforts to address hunger:
“In order to effectively combat hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, it is necessary to have a comprehensive understanding of who is hungry, food-insecure and malnourished,” the report says.
Additionally, the report addresses links between food and nutrition, and local economy, initiatives, and they way they could be hindered by aspects of the CETA deal:
“They may also be undermined by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, currently in draft form, which would prohibit municipal governments from using procurement of goods and services valued over $340,000 in a way that favours local or Canadian goods, services or labour.
“Numerous municipalities across the country have opposed this restriction on the ability of local authorities to promote urban-rural linkages and local economic development through institutional purchasing, and have requested exemptions,” the report states.