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May 30th, 2018

NDP Bill to Establish a National Local Food Day Receives Unanimous Support

OTTAWA – Today the House of Commons voted unanimously at second reading in support of NDP MP Wayne Stetski’s Private Member’s Bill C-281, An Act to establish a National Local Food Day, which would designate the Friday before Thanksgiving of each year as National Local Food Day.

“I have heard from Canadians across the country about how important local food is to their families and communities,” said Stetski (Kootenay–Columbia). “I am proud that my bill received unanimous support today and look forward to continuing this discussion at the Agriculture Committee.”

New Democrats know that food matters – from farm to factory to fork. Establishing a National Local Food Day would give all Canadians an opportunity to celebrate local food and recognize the hard work of local producers and harvesters, food manufacturers, farmers’ markets, and others in every region across the country. It would also raise awareness of the challenges many Canadians face in accessing healthy, affordable food close to home.

“A National Local Food Day is something everyone can get behind,” said Stetski. “I encourage all Members of all parties to continue to support this bill at every stage, and make it a reality.”