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Sheila Weatherill was appointed by Prime Minister Harper to investigate what led to the listeriosis outbreak that left 22 people dead during the summer of 2008 and recommend how to avoid a similar tragedy.

After a four month study, Ms. Weatherill delivered a report that made several important findings of fact but failed to get to the bottom of the food inspection deficit.

The majority of Ms Weatherill’s 57 recommendations were aimed at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).   We’re tracking how well or poorly the CFIA and other government departments are doing to implement her recommendations.  You can view these tracking reports by clicking on the links below:

Though her report falls short, Ms. Weatherill does make some important findings of fact.

Fact: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) failed to do mandatory safety audits of the Maple Leaf Foods plant which produced the tainted cold cuts for years prior to the outbreak.

Fact: A new inspection system (the Compliance Verification System or CVS) implemented just before the outbreak was flawed and in need of “critical improvements related to its design, planning and implementation”.

Fact: The CVS was “implemented without a detailed assessment of the resources available to take on these new (CVS) tasks”.

Fact: A shortage of food safety inspectors was in play before the outbreak.  “In the lead up to the outbreak the number, capacity and training of inspectors assigned to Bartor Road (the tainted Maple Leaf plant) appear to have been stressed due to their responsibilities at other plants, the complexity of Bartor Road including its size and hours of operation, and necessary adjustments required by the implementation of the CVS.”

In short, Ms. Weatherill found that there are too few inspectors covering too much territory, hobbled by a new inspection system that never worked.

In spite of these stark findings, Ms. Weatherill does not call on the federal government to immediately address the inspection deficit by making additional investments.  Instead, she simply recommends the CFIA conduct a resources audit to accurately determine ‘the demand on its inspection resources and the number of required inspectors…”.

Incredibly, Ms. Weatherill was unable to determine the number of food safety and meat inspectors employed by CFIA even though she interviewed the most senior political and bureaucratic officials involved with food safety.

In its response to the Weatherill report, the inspectors union raised the possibility that the CFIA and others in government withheld information or deliberately misled Ms. Weatherill on the matter of the number of food and meat inspectors working for CFIA.

Update

The federal government made an important announcement on food safety that is a direct response to concerns about the shortage of food safety inspectors raised by the FoodSafetyFirst network.

Read more…
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Sheila Weatherill was appointed by Prime Minister Harper to investigate what led to the listeriosis outbreak that left 22 people dead during the summer of 2008 and recommend how to avoid a similar tragedy.

After a four month study, Ms. Weatherill delivered a report that made several important findings of fact but failed to get to the bottom of the food inspection deficit.

The majority of Ms Weatherill’s 57 recommendations were aimed at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).   We’re tracking how well or poorly the CFIA and other government departments are doing to implement her recommendations.  You can view these tracking reports by clicking on the links below:

Though her report falls short, Ms. Weatherill does make some important findings of fact.

Fact: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) failed to do mandatory safety audits of the Maple Leaf Foods plant which produced the tainted cold cuts for years prior to the outbreak.

Fact: A new inspection system (the Compliance Verification System or CVS) implemented just before the outbreak was flawed and in need of “critical improvements related to its design, planning and implementation”.

Fact: The CVS was “implemented without a detailed assessment of the resources available to take on these new (CVS) tasks”.

Fact: A shortage of food safety inspectors was in play before the outbreak.  “In the lead up to the outbreak the number, capacity and training of inspectors assigned to Bartor Road (the tainted Maple Leaf plant) appear to have been stressed due to their responsibilities at other plants, the complexity of Bartor Road including its size and hours of operation, and necessary adjustments required by the implementation of the CVS.”

In short, Ms. Weatherill found that there are too few inspectors covering too much territory, hobbled by a new inspection system that never worked.

In spite of these stark findings, Ms. Weatherill does not call on the federal government to immediately address the inspection deficit by making additional investments.  Instead, she simply recommends the CFIA conduct a resources audit to accurately determine ‘the demand on its inspection resources and the number of required inspectors…”.

Incredibly, Ms. Weatherill was unable to determine the number of food safety and meat inspectors employed by CFIA even though she interviewed the most senior political and bureaucratic officials involved with food safety.

In its response to the Weatherill report, the inspectors union raised the possibility that the CFIA and others in government withheld information or deliberately misled Ms. Weatherill on the matter of the number of food and meat inspectors working for CFIA.

Update

The federal government made an important announcement on food safety that is a direct response to concerns about the shortage of food safety inspectors raised by the FoodSafetyFirst network.

Read more…
Food Safety First is calling on the Canadian Government to make a commitment to:

Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance

There are almost 800 federally regulated meat processing facilities scattered across Canada, many processing thousands of animals everyday and/or producing tons of ready-to-eat products like cold cuts.  There are also thousands of cheese, produce and other food production facilities, as well as delis and other retail outlets, all of which are potential sources for deadly food-borne bacteria.  This territory is far too vast for the 1100 fully qualified food inspectors and 230 meat hygiene veterinarians currently on staff at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  While the problem of food-borne illness is complex, one dimension of the problem is clear: our food inspectors are too few and spread too thinly.  For example, the inspector responsible for the Maple Leaf plant which was the source of tainted meat in the latest food-borne bacterial outbreak was also responsible for six other facilities.  In order to ensure companies follow food safety regulations we simply need more inspectors.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

Under the recently implemented Compliance Verification System (CVS) federal meat inspectors now spend only a fraction of their working day directly supervising production lines in Canadian food factories and slaughter facilities.  The rest of the time they simply review company generated reports.

The investigation into the causes of the Maple Leaf Foods tragedy found that the CVS is seriously flawed and in need of “critical improvements related to its design, planning and implementation”.

The Compliance Verification System, and other industry self-policing plans should be put on hold until such time as the inspection deficit is fixed.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action

CFIA inspectors are discouraged from taking immediate action when serious health problems arise.  Instead, they are strongly encouraged to give the offending company a “Corrective Action Request” which states the nature of the problem and gives the company up to 60 days to address it.  The theory of immediate action on the part of inspectors becomes more remote because under the “Compliance Verification System” inspectors spend 75% of their time at the plant reviewing company-generated reports and other administrative duties, instead of inspecting facilities.

Restore the system of public audit reports which were canceled under pressure from the meat industry

For 20 years, government inspectors reported and ranked the meat processing facilities they inspected.  Under pressure from an industry lobby group called the Canadian Meat Council which complained about the bad press these reports created when obtained by reporters, the federal government canceled the practice soon after Stephen Harper took office.  Canadians need to know which companies are meeting safety standards and which companies are not.  The public audit system should be restored.


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Province Riding Political Party First Name Last Name Comments
Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

Phyllis

Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

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Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

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Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

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Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

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Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

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Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

Phyllis

Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

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Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

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Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

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Alberta Athabasca -FM Liberal John Webb I agree
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre Liberal Heesung Kim This is a perfect example where the less government/more free enterprise Conservative dogma fails.  Food inspection is a government responsibility and leaving it up to industry is an abdication of responsibility. I agree with all of the points, including hiring additional inspectors but I can’t say if 1,000 is the right number.
Alberta Calgary Centre-North Green Party Eric Donovan
Alberta Calgary Centre North NDP John Chan I am pleased to make the Food Safety Commitment.  I agree with all your points.  We must have enough inspectors to ensure the safety of our food products.  And if we need 1000 more inspectors to do that, then we must have 1000 more.

As a New Democrat I have had many concerns with our last governments’ commitment to the Security and Prosperity Partnership  of North America on continental integration.  This partnership will bring us down to the lowest common denominatior on many policy issues including food safety.  As New Democrats, we are committed to stop the privatization of food inspection and will work to stop any program that jeopardizes the safety of our food.

Alberta Calgary Northeast NDP Vinay Dey Increae funding, More inspector to hire.No self regulation rather government inspector to check.
Alberta Calgary Southwest Liberal Marlene LaMontagne I, and our Liberal Party are strong advocates of food safety.  The duty of a government is to protect the security and safety of its citizens.  The Harper government abdicated their responsibility by cutting food inspection budgets and creating more paper work for inspectors.  What is the most reprehensible on the part of the Harper government is maintaining higher standards of inspection for foods being exported than for the people of Canada.  Marlene LaMontagne, Liberal Candidate, Calgary Southwest
Alberta Calgary Southeast NDP Chris Willot
Alberta Calgary Southwest NDP Holly Heffernan We, the NDP, will sign the food safety commitment but we are unable at this time to explicitly commit to 1,000 inspectors
Alberta Calgary West Liberal Jennifer Pollock After election day, I hope our Prime Minister will give a sincere apology and condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. Unfortunately Mr Harper is not able to separate his responsibilty and accountability from his re-election plans.
Alberta Crowfoot Liberal Sharon L. Howe There should never be a price on human lives, everything should be done to maintain food safety.
Alberta Crowfoot NDP Ellen Parker
Alberta Edmonton Centre NDP Donna Martyn
Alberta Edmonton East Green Party Trey Capnerhurst
Alberta Edmonton-Leduc NDP Hana Razga
Alberta Edmonton-Spruce Grove NDP Barb Phillips
Alberta Edmonton Spruce Grove Green Party Wendy Walker We at the Green Party are absolutely committed to food  safety. Under the present government food safety inspectors have been cut in increasing numbers. A part of the green plan is hire more safety inspectors.
Alberta Edmonton-Sherwood Park Liberal Rick Szostak
Alberta Edmonton-St. Albert NDP Dave Burkhart
Alberta Edmonton/St Albert Green Party Peter Johnston I agree with everything you say. The present Govt.

has allowed food safety standards to detiorate to the point where Canadians are dying! If elected, this is one of the issues that I will be addressing with extreme vigour. Thanks…. Peter Johnston

Alberta Edmonton Strathcona NDP Linda Duncan Strong laws to protect health and environment are not enough. They must also be effectvely enforced.
Alberta MacLeod Liberal Isabel Paynter First hand, I know this is a very serious, crucial issue, and I have made it my personal political platform. Be assured that I speak obout this issue at every Candidates forum, interview, and publically, every chance I get. I am totally committed to FOOD SAFETY!
Alberta Macleod Green Party Jared McCollum
Alberta Medicine Hat Green Party Kevin Dodd Harper is an enemy of the Canadians he represents.
Alberta Mill Woods-Beaumont Green Party David-Allan Hrushka Listeriosis crisis was caused by deregulation – by shifting the onus on food inspection from the CFIA to industry. CMAJ editorial Sept. 16, 2008 – Gov’t transferred inspection duties for ready-to-eat meats from Govt inspectors to the meat industry. Self-inspection then became largely as a substitute for, not just as a supplement to, Gov’t inspection. Only once-monthly testing of finished products was required.  And they allowed up to 100 Listeria bacteria/gm of ready-to-eat foods at the start of the product’s life. — while the WHO tolerates the same level, but at the end of the product’s life, and the U.S. tolerate none at all.

– The editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and five others took the unusual step of blasting the Gov’t for this in an editorial in last week’s CMAJ. They wrote, Gov’t policy errors helped bring about this epidemic. Yet surprisingly, Govt has taken no remedial steps beyond issuing a food recall. Instead, officials praise the success of our infectious disease surveillance system — as if, with 16 dead, there were cause to celebrate — while food safety standards remain as low as ever. The Listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper Govt has reversed much of the progress that previous Govt made on governing for public health.

– The same Nov. 2007 cabinet decision also handed self-inspection to the owner of meat plants and did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program – yet & in an influenza pandemic tends of thousands of Canadians may die. They call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Listeria outbreak rather than the very limited, closed-door, non-arms-length investigation Harper has called for.

– This is Walkerton all over again – the Gov’t stepping back from inspections, resulting in slackening of the standards, with dire consequences. And it’s the same cast of characters – Flaherty, Baird, Clement

Alberta Westlock-St. Paul NDP Della Drury
Alberta Wetaskiwin NDP Tim Robson Jack Layton would not have waited 14 days to call for a national inquiry into Maple Leaf Foods listeria outbreak.
Alberta Wildrose Green Party Lisa Maria Fox
British Columbia Abbotsford Green Party Karen Durant
British Columbia Abbotsford Liberal Lionel Travers Deregulation of food inspection and removing the requirement for meat-processing companies to alert the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about positive tests for listeria are at the very least partly responsible to the recent Listeriosis outbreak. I will work with the Liberal Party to restore our food inspection programs and improves them.
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Liberal Bill Cunningham
British Columbia Burnaby Douglas Green Party Doug Perry Knowing that the food we buy is safe for us and our families is a basic right as consumers as far as I am concerned. Having food quality inspections done adequately and independent from the influence of the owners of the products and facilities that are being inspected in crucial. I also support requiring labeling to detail toxins in the foods and genetic modifications that were made to the plants, animals, and other life forms that are sold as food. The Green party platform sets out our parties goals in improving the quality of food produced in Canada that includes tax incentives to reduce the use of harmful agents on our food crops and products as well as specific new regulations to ensure that consumers can trust the products available in our stores and markets.
British Columbia Burnaby-New Westminster Green Party Carrie McLaren A Government’s highest duty is to protect the public good.  (To the credit of the Ontario government, their early-warning system flagged the listeriosis outbreak, which could have otherwise become much, much larger.)

The Green Party is absolutely committed to ensuring that food in Canada — wherever and whenever it is purchased — is safe to eat.

At the farm level, we want to strengthen the Plant Protection and Health of Animals Programs, and help provinces ensure animal by-products are not used in animal feed.  (This is a concern with mad cow syndrome.)

For processed foods (including meats) we want to increase government monitoring.  Where pesticides, growth hormones and other contaminants are detectable, we will encourage action by processors to bring these down to undetectable levels.  From the business side, this will help the processors market their products in other products.

British Columbia Cariboo–Prince George Liberal Drew Adamick
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East Liberal Dana L. Miller
British Columbia Delta-Richmond East NDP szilvia barna I am committed to food safety for the health and well being of all Canadians, including my family.
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal Keith Martin
British Columbia Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP Jennifer Burgis Especially, restore a public audit system.
British Columbia Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca Green Party Brian Gordon 100% testing of beef for BSE should be mandatory, too.
British Columbia Kootnay-Columbia NDP Leon Pendleton
British Columbia Langley Liberal Jake Gray I have one issue with these statements. I want to be able to buy meat directly from the farmer. i want to be able to see the conditions where the animal is raised and slaughtered. How will these changes allow small, local producers to survive?
British Columbia Langley Green Party Patrick Meyer The need for these changes is obvious to any reasonable person.
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Green Party John Fryer
British Columbia Nanaimo-Alberni Liberal Richard Pesik
British Columbia Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP Jean Crowder
British Columbia Nanaimo – Cowichan Green Party Christina Knighton
British Columbia New Westminster-Coquitlam Green Party Marshall Smith Food safety and security is of paramount concern to the Green Party of Canada.  Preserving agricultural land, protecting our water supplies, and helping out the family farm are key goals.  Greens believe the 21st century will see a return to local food production and local markets.  We would reform our system of farm income supplements to encourage more farms, not bigger farms.  We oppose the current government approach of investing in genetically-modified crops for mass cultivation – their impacts on public health and safety are still unknown.  Instead, we will work to strengthen organic agriculture – the fastest-growing industry in BC today.  Our future depends on food safety, and I will fight for that right as your MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.  Please visit www.marshallsmith.ca & www.greenparty.ca for more details on the Green platform.
British Columbia Okanagan Coquihalla NDP Ralph Poynting
British Columbia Okanagan Shuswap NDP Alice Brown I support this
British Columbia Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission Liberal Dan Olson
British Columbia pittmeadows-mapleridge-mission Green Party mike gildersleeve We need to ensure our food safety system has the resources and regulations it needs to be fail proof.
British Columbia Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Liberal Ron McKinnon I draw your attention to our platorm, which is specific on this matter:

The Liberal Party believes that it is important to learn the lessons of the Walkerton tragedy and put a real focus on ensuring that the food that we all eat is as safe as it can be.

To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.  We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more safety for all Canadians.

British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia South Surrey/ White Rock Cloverdale Liberal Judy Higginbotham A Liberal gov’t will invest 50 million $ to build a more robust food safety net.

A Liberal Gov’t will hire 100 new inspectors ASAP.

Food safety is critical and I will certainly fight to ensure it has priority with a Liberal gov’t.

British Columbia Surrey North NDP Rachid Arab
British Columbia Vancouver Centre NDP Michael Byers
British Columbia Vancouver East NDP Libby Davies
British Columbia Vancouver East Green Party mike carr
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway NDP Don Davies
British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Liberal Wendy Yuan I am very troubled by the the Conservative’s poor track record on food safety. Canadians deserve better.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to vote Liberal.

British Columbia Vancouver Kingsway Green Party Doug Warkentin This is only part of teh solution.  We also need better labelling laws (including GMO content), and more support for local production and smaller-scale processing facilities.
British Columbia Vancouver Island North Green Party Philip Stone
British Columbia Vancouver South Green Party Csaba Gulyas Thank you for bringing this important issue to the focus of our upcoming Federal Election. The most important ingredient of our life, is food. We need to provide 30 million Canadians with safe food, every day. Central regulation, national standards and strong enforcement, are imperative.
British Columbia Vancouver South NDP Ann Chambers We need to have more health inspectors out doing their job and less time spent on paperwork, we also need to hire more inspectors
British Columbia vancouver quadra Green Party dan grice Its about time!
British Columbia South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale Green Party David Blair
British Columbia Vancouver- Quadra NDP David Caplan
Manitoba Brandon-Souris NDP John Bouché I agree we need to hire more inspectors and self inspection is an accident waiting to happen.
Manitoba Brandon-Souris Liberal MJ Willard As a pathologist, trained in Laboratory testing, and a veterinarian who was authorized to perform testing of PMU mares, quality control and quality assurance are very important issues to me.  These are essential and must include both internal and external proficiency testing measurements.  CFIA inspectors must inspect all equipment, observe the testing techniques of those running the internal  QC and QA as well as they must run their own independent checklists and tests on the samples.  These persons must be certified and also must undergo external proficiency testing themselves.  This means we need adequate numbers of adequately trained CFIA inspectors.
Manitoba Charleswood-St James-Assiniboia Green Party Brian Timlick
Manitoba Dauphin Swan River Marquete NDP Ron Strynadka We as a party feel that the cut back and deregulation in food inspection is unacceptable and must be reinstated and increased and enforced
Manitoba Dauphin-Swn River-Marquette Green Party Kate Storey
Manitoba Elmwood-Transcona Green Party Chris Hrynkow This is an issue very dear to my heart, which is related to my work with the Growing Up Organic program here in Manitoba….It is my wish that everyone have a good, integral and thruly nourishing relationship with their food.
Manitoba Portage Lisgar NDP Mohamed Alli I am and will continue to commit to food safety. Should I be or when elected to serve the friends and families of Portage Lisgar and the rest of Canada I shall continue to do so.

We cannot and should not rely on in house inspection alone, We must hire more inspectors to inspect and protect our foods and any other products that we consume in our daily life.

With your help and the friends and families of Portage Lisgar, when elected, I shall recomend that the public audit system be restored. This is my Commitment to you.

Manitoba Provencher NDP Ross Martin
Manitoba Saint Boniface NDP Matt Schaubroeck
Manitoba Saint Boniface Green Party Marc Payette
Manitoba Selkirk-Interlake Green Party Glenda Whiteman Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted.  I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada.  Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organing farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment  includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Manitoba Winnipeg Centre Liberal Dan Hurley
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center Liberal Anita Neville
Manitoba Winnipeg South Center NDP Rachel Heinrichs
Manitoba Winnipeg South NDP Sean Robert I believe that it is an outrage that 13 people died from listeriosis from the Maple Leaf plant and the only response that we have from our Health minister, Tony Clement, is that this is proof that the system works.  The fact that he spoke these words from Denver, when a better response would have been to return to Canada as soon as possible as state that he would get to the bottom of this, smacks of the uncaring nature of this government.

I guess, for Mr Clement, that 13 people dying is proof that the system works much better that 23 people dying and hundreds more becoming ill from the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ont, when he was provincial health minister.

Will we ever learn?

New Brunswick Beausejour Green Party Mike Milligan I feel if we can begin to support locally produced food products,by designating one aisle in the grocery stores

for local products.People will support it.Hense the transportation,and worry of foods coming from other countries will be reduced.

New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant I concur entirely with the NDP response to this question, so I suppose this would constitute a mildly qualified taking of the commitment.
New Brunswick Beausejour NDP Chris Durrant The NDP position is as follows: Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.
A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety
inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper
review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government
will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor
and not filling out paperwork.
Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health
and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not
acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure
the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s
Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.
New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary
resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats
will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.
Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery
of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA
inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food
Canadians eat safe.
Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure
from the meat industry.
A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions
of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food
industry.
New Brunswick Acadie-Bathurst Green Party Michelle Aubin Green Party urges government review and changes for Canadian Food System
Consistent with its privatization agenda, the Harper government has announced that as of October 2008, it will no longer inspect federally inspected slaughterhouses (sic) but will require these companies report on themselves.The Green Party opposes this move and urges the government to review the Canadian food system and safety regulations in their entirety and to put food safety back into the hands of Health Canada, said Ms. Allen. The CFIA should be given the responsibility for local food economies rather than Agri-food/global food economies. Read.

The Green Party will press for a full judicial investigation into Canadas troubled meat inspection system and reverse the Conservative government’s effort to undermine this countrys food safety program. Read

New Brunswick Fredericton Green Party Mary Lou Babineau
New Brunswick Fredericton NDP Jesse Travis I want to make sure that we protect all Canadians by ensuring that companies aren’t given the opportunity to take risks that can sadly result in great injury to consumers.
New Brunswick Fundy Royal NDP Rob Moir Safe water and safe food – these are prerequisites for a functioning society.  I hope, for the sake of the country, you are successful in your campaign.
New Brunswick Madawaska-Restigouche Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours
New Brunswick Miramichi NDP Donald Doucet
New Brunswick Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe NDP Carl Bainbridge
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest Liberal Nancy MacIntosh I believe that insisting accurate and complete labelling of food is one of the major issues we need to face immediately as a government. Even Made in Canada is not enough information, but should indicate which province in which is was grown, produced and packaged. It must say if it is GM and there must be strict rules around ‘organic’.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Southwest NDP Andrew Graham It is very unfortunate that 20 lives, and maybe more, had to be lost to listeriosis to have the public take notice of the reckless and careless attitude that the Conservative government adopted by allowing self-inspection, and the thinning out of our food inspectors.

We cannot trust this government with food, nor much else.  Will people heed the lesson?

New Brunswick Saint John Liberal Paul Zed
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac NDP Alice Finnamore
New Brunswick Tobique-Mactaquac Liberal Sally McGrath
Newfoundland & Labrador Avalon NDP Randy Dawe
Newfoundland & Labrador Bonavista Green Party sharon labchuk
Newfoundland & Labrador Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte NDP Mark Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador Green Party Nyssa McLeod
Newfoundland & Labrador Labrador NDP phyllis artiss A huge issue. Thank you for raising it.

Phyllis

Newfoundland & Labrador Random – Burin – St. Georges NDP Terry White
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s East NDP Jack Harris Read the ndp platform on food safety here.
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Green Party Ted Warren
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s South Mount Pear Liberal Siobhan Coadt
Northwest Territories Western Arctic Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie Scott
Nova Scotia CUMBERLAND COLCHESTER MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY NDP KAREN OLSSON As a former health care professional I’m deeply concerned about the safety of our food and water.

Regulation is meaningless without adequate, independent inspection.  I take the commitment, with the proviso that I would support hiring whatever number of veterinarians and inspectors is required to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.  As a small organic hobby farmer I also concur with the comments of NDP candidate John Rafferty of Thunder Bay Rainy Rivier

Nova Scotia Dartmouth Cole-Harbour NDP Brad Pye
Nova Scotia Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Green Party Paul Shreenan Greater oversight is needed in highly industrialized and globalized food production systems.
Nova Scotia Halifax West Green Party Michael Munday
Nova Scotia Halifax NDP Megan Leslie A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars. This is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. A New Democrat government would also reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore NDP Peter Stoffer
Nova Scotia Sackville Eastern Shore Liberal Carolyn Scott I am very concerned about the CPC government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  I feel that what has happened with the tainted meat is a tragedy and my deepest condolences go out to all of those who have been affected. Under a new Liberal government more money will be invested and more inspectors will be hired. We will do what it takes so that Canadians feel confident that the food they are buying and consumming in Canada is 100% safe. Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Nova Scotia Sackville – Eastern Shore Green Party Noreen Hartlen I sincerely appreciate and empathize with your comments and concerns. Nutrition and food safety/security are extremely important issues to me.

I would definitely work towards ensuring food safety within the scope of GPC policies and platform, which is an outstanding document and commitment to food security. Moreover, it is a fundamental principle in the Green Party’s platform to ensure quality nutrition. The GPC is also committed to the protection, development, support, and enhancement of resources that provide us food.

The above position is absolutely vital to me as someone with education and knowledge about nutrition and the poor state of our health and health care services. Good nutrition can make a world of difference to many of our social ills.

* I hope this helps; and thank you so very much for your interest and sense of responsibility in contacting us.

* I will post my above response to food safety on the link you provided. Taking the Food Safety Commitment, by allowing the arrow to stand in the applicable box below, would require me to work within a finance committee orientation and opportunity to examine the full extent of what is necessary, so I would prefer not to commit so specifically at this time. Please be assured, however, that the GPC is very flexible and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of Canadians.

Nova Scotia South Shore-St. Margaret’s Green Party Michael Oddy
Nova Scotia sydney – victoria Green Party collin harker While I agree with the principles outlined below, and some of the measures identified to deal with the problems, I feel that there should also be a strong commitment  by Government to supporting more local food production, organic agricultural methods, and more humane treatment of the animals kept and killed for food.
Nova Scotia Sydney-Victoria NDP Wayne McKay We certainly need to make sure our food is safe. We also need to ensure that food is healthy. We should put larger focus on helping local, organic farmers as well because their product is healthier and safer to begin with.
Nova Scotia West Nova Liberal Robert Thibault
Nova Scotia West Nova NDP George Barron
Nunavut Nunavut NDP Paul Irngaut
Ontario Ajax/Pickering NDP Bala Thavarajasoorier If I’m elected, I will definitely fix the food safety problem, if it comes under my jurisdiction.
Ontario Ajax Pickering Green Party Mike Harilaid I fully support needed food safety measures as well as adequte protection for the farmers and suppliers who are working to bring healthy and needed food to consumers,
Ontario Barrie Green Party Erich Jacoby-Hawkins The Green Party believes in adopting SUCCESSFUL policies from other jurisdictions, regardless if they are right, left, or otherwise. The Harper government constantly copies FAILED policies (from Harris, Klein, Bush) based on ideological blinders. The listeriosis deaths are yet another example – Walkerton all over again. If you believe in public safety and security, vote Green, not Conservative.
Ontario Brampton West Green Party Patti Chmelyk
Ontario Brant Green Party Nora Fueten
Ontario Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Jill McIllwraith Every canadian has the right to expect that the food they buy to eat and the water they drink should not be harmful in any way.

This is why we pay taxes!!!!

Ontario Burlington Green Party Marnie Mellish
Ontario Cambridge Green Party Scott Cosman
Ontario Cambridge NDP Max Lombardi
Ontario Carleton-Mississippi Mills NDP Paul Arbour
Ontario Davenport Green Party Frank de Jong
Ontario Davenport NDP Peter Ferreira
Ontario Don Valley Liberal John Envadero It seems to me that the biggest problem exposed with the listeriosis scare is the incredible inability of meat companies like Maple Leaf Food to trace their products.  Although Maple Leaf thinks it was caused by a particular slicer machine, they still do not know for sure.

What we should be demanding of politicians is that food companies be required to implement solutions to track and trace such as the one Matiq, Norway’s largest meat supplier, is implementing from butcher shop to the store. read article

Ontario Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant We must ensure the highest standards for food safety, that meat is inspected and that our water is clean to drink. These are things that should not be privatized, and government must not be reduced at the risk of people’s health and safety.
Ontario Dufferin-Caledon NDP Jason Bissett
Ontario Durham NDP Andrew McKeever
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP Ryan Dolby
Ontario Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party Noel Burgon
Ontario Elgin MIddlesex London Liberal Suzanne van Bommel I have been at the forefront of acting to protect our food supply.  As former Chief of Staff for then Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters, I was instrumental in hiring more provincial meat inspectors and launching the Justice Haines Review into food safety in the province of Ontario.  Industry cannot be allowed to self inspect.
Ontario Essex NDP Taras Natyshak
Ontario essex Green Party richard bachynsky
Ontario Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Green Party Sylvie Lemieux I would work at a target of Dec 08 to put timelines to the planning and implementation of the four aspects of this commitment.
Ontario Halton Green Party Amy Collard Food safety is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. There have been a number of food and toy product recalls over the past year, due to safety concerns. These recalls speak loudly to the need for tighter regulatory controls as well as increased vigilance on the part of manufacturers and distributors.

Now that we have increased public scrutiny and awareness of these safety issues, I believe that there will be an overhaul in the inspection system to improve processes. However, this is just the first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of consumers. We also need to determine exactly what caused the problems in the first place, and what should have been done in order to prevent them from happening. I would support regulatory changes to the inspection and safety system as well.

Ontario Haldimand Norfolk NDP Ian Nichols
Ontario Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock Green Party Michael Bell
Ontario Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Marlene White The safety of the citizens of Canada is the responsibility of government.  I take that responsibility very seriously.

The Liberals would invest $50million to ensure that there are enough food safety inspectors and that the industry is not self-regulating.

Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone
Ontario Hamilton Centre Green Party John Livingstone The safety and health of Canadians is very important to the Green Party. Nickel and dime cuts by the present government expose a meanness of spirit and cavalier attitude towards food safety by the present government.
Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Green Party David Hart Dyke I agree with virtually everything I see here, but will not commit to a specific number of food inspectors or similar arbitrary standards.  If more inspectors are needed to ensure safety, sobeit.  If fewer can do the job, then I reject the idea of seeking a synthetic feel-good target.

Basically, I support your goals, but flatly refuse to have some jerk wave this survey under my nose a few years down the road and try to insist that I’ve failed to live up to my commitment.  I am an honourable person (and I don’t mean that in the elected sense), and will not have my honour questioned because perhaps I chose to support 900 inspectors, or even some technological answer such as visual scanning.

Safe food is my concern.  The specific details of attaining it, less so.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Conservative Frank Rukavina We must not forget that under the Chretien/Martin Liberals over a billion dollars was cut from the Agriculture budget and millions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Liberal Budget of 1995 also undertook opportunities for privatization and states: The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will share responsibilities and streamline arrangements with industry for inspection and regulation activities. (Budget 1995)

In contrast, the Conservative government has invested in food safety, hired 200 new inspectors, strengthened regulation, and initiated an independent investigation to improve our system.

The Liberal record on health safety is summed up best by former Finance Minister Paul Martin when he said in his 1996 budget speech: Surely we can all agree that it is simply silly for a food processing plant to have a federal meat inspector, a federal health inspector, a federal fish inspector, not to mention a provincial health inspector and a provincial food inspector tripping over themselves on the same day, in the same plant, doing essentially the same thing.
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This Conservative government has a strong record of investing to correct deficiencies created by 13 years of Liberal cuts.

Ontario Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Wayne Marston 1. Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance.

A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on industry self-policing policies

New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments.

New Democrats would ensure Canada’s food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture.

Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action. Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe.

3. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Hamilton Mountain Green Party Stephen Brotherston
Ontario Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Davis Cotter
Ontario Kitchener Conestoga NDP Rod McNeil
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Green Party Cathy MacLellan
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal Andrew Telegdi
Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Cindy Jacobsen http://cindyjacobsen.ca for a full answer.
Ontario Lambton-Kent-Middlesex NDP Joe Hill I like the 100 Mile Rule – Buy Locally!
Ontario Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Green Party Chris Walker Food Safety is an issue we can no longer afford to take for granted. I am absolutely committed to restoring a safe food and water supply in Canada. Besides ending industry self-regulation and supporting organic farming to reduce chemical use, my commitment includes requiring adequate labelling of what is really in our food, such as genetically engineered ingredients.
Ontario Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Liberal David Remington A new Liberal Government will add $50 million to hire additional inspectors.
Ontario leeds-Grenville Green Party jeanie warnock
Ontario Leeds Grenville Liberal Marjory Loveys We will invest an additional $50 milllion to build a more robust food safety net.  We will get more inspectors, focusing on keeping the food safe rather than on paperwork.
Ontario London-Fanshawe NDP Irene Mathyssen
Ontario London North Centre Liberal Glen Pearson
Ontario London North Centre NDP Steve HOLMES With the recent experiences we have had  (with processed meats and imported tomatoes and lettuce), we must be more diligent and competent with our government food inspections. One person dead or ill is one person too many when we can prevent such travesties
Ontario London West NDP Peter Ferguson
Ontario Mississauga South Green Party Richard Laushway
Ontario Mississauga South Liberal Paul Szabo I am with you 100%.
Ontario Mississauga-South NDP Matt Turner
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Green Party Otto Casanova
Ontario Mississauga Streetsville Liberal Bonnie Crombie
Ontario Neapean Carleton NDP Phil Brown
Ontario Nepean-Carleton Liberal Ed Mahfouz Food safety is very important to all of us.
Ontario Newmarket-Aurora Green Party Glenn Hubbers It is clear that the measures outlined on this commitment are absolutely necessary.  In addition though, the Green Party also supports local food production, banning of GMO’s, and sustainable organic agriculture as means to increase the nutritional content of our food supply.
Ontario Niagara Falls Liberal Joyce Morocco
Ontario Niagara West-Glanbrook Green Party Sid Frere In. addition to additional inspectors we need to develop area-specific food safety regulations meeting national standards without placing undue financial burden on local farmers and food processors.  This would increase the viability of the local produce.
Ontario Niagara West Glanbrook NDP Dave Heatley
Ontario Nickel Belt NDP Claude Gravelle
Ontario Nickel Belt Green Party Fred Twilley The recent occurance at the Maple Foods plant speaks loudly for a re-evaluation of our inspection system. It is obvious that some direct, on site inspections are required.
Ontario Nipissing Timiskaming Green Party Craig Bridges
Ontario Northumberland Quinte West NDP Russ Christianson
Ontario Oakville Green Party Blake Poland I strongly support this initiative. Deregulation of the factory food industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk.
Ontario OSHAWA NDP MIKE SHIELDS Canadians have a right to expect the food they eat is safe. Last month’s deadly listeriosis outbreak has shaken consumer confidence and highlighted the importance of vigilant inspection, enforcement and the public’s right to know.
In this election campaign, Canada’s New Democrats introduced a plan for better regulation of
food safety and security for Canadians. In contrast, the Harper government has proposed
cutting funds for the food inspection system that helps to protect food products. New Democrats are not in favor of self regulation and a larger role of the industry in
surveillance processes. Surveillance processes should not be left to the whims of budget
cutting or profit taking. Canadian consumers deserve to know the their products are safe
and that the proper, impartial oversight is being performed during production
Ontario Ottawa Centre Liberal Penny Collenette
Ontario Ottawa Centre Green Party Jen Hunter I agree with these points. The Conservative approach to allow the industry regulate itself is the same philosophy that has us in the economic mess we’re presently in.  As my colleague Mr. Maillet says the least we can do is to ensure a safe and healthy supply of food from Canadian companies.
Ontario Ottawa Centre NDP Paul Dewar
Ontario Ottawa Orelans Green Party Paul Maillet If we have  anything to leave to our children, it is clean, air, clean water and the ethic of care for others.  In this issue, care means a safe and healthy food supply. It means vigilance and accountability.  It means people first.
Ontario Ottawa South Green Party Qais Ghanem I happen to be a physician with a diploma in public health and therefore understand bacteriology and virology quite well. But even if I were not, those demands above are very reasonable, and should be implemented – and fast.

The PC plan to have the industry police itself is ludicrous. What if the physicians aslo policed themselves, and the lawyers, and the RCMP? They all have and should have an independent body to do so.

Ontario Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Akbar Manoussi
Ontario Ottawa-Vanier NDP Trevor Haché
Ontario Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal David Pratt
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean NDP Marlene Rivier The undermining of our public services such as food inspection is putting people at risk.  We saw it in Walkerton and now we are seeing it countrywide.
Ontario Ottawa West-Nepean Green Party Frances Coates It is only a matter of time before this happens again. We need to prioritise food safety
Ontario Oxford Green Party Cathy Mott Governmental deregulation and a shift to industry self regulation has indeed been detrimental to the health and safety of the foods we eat and the citizens of our country, as this latest health issue has proven.
Ontario Oxford NDP Diane Abbott
Ontario Parkdale-High Park Green Party Robert Rishchynski
Ontario Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Jo-Anne Boulding
Ontario parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party Glen Hodgson
Ontario Perth-Wellington Liberal Sandra Gardiner To ensure that lunch meats and other foods are safe for all of us, a Liberal government
will invest an additional $50 million to build a more robust food safetynet.
We want to get inspectors back on floors of the plant, focusing on keeping the food we eat safe rather than paperwork. Through the recruitment of more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding
inspection efforts of both home grown and imported foods, Canadians will be able to have greater faith in the food we all eat. More inspection means more
safety for all Canadians.
I am against privatization of our food inspection agency.  It needs to remain an independent body to ensure safety is above all else.
Ontario Perth-Wellington NDP Kerry McManus
Ontario Perth-Wellington Green Party John Cowling Self-policing does not work. More inspectors will be hired and whenever a problem arises it will be dealt with immediately. Safe food is a human right.
Ontario Peterborough Liberal Betsy McGregor The Liberal party platform addresses the food safety iisues you have outlined. As a veterinarian I feel very strongly about this.

Betsy Mcgregor

Ontario Peterborough Green Party Emily Berrigan
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Liberal Dan McTeague
Ontario Pickering-Scarborough East Green Party Jason Becevello
Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Ken Cole The Liberal Party has called on the Minister responsible for food safety to resign as well as putting forward recommendations for improving food safety that echo those in Take the Food Safety Commitment.
Ontario Prince Edward – Hastings NDP Michael McMahon Hire 1000 additional inspectors and veterinarians to improve compliance. A New Democrat government would substantially increase the number of food safety inspectors and veterinarians, however assigning an arbitrary number prior to a proper review of the size of the problem would not be good governance as this figure may not
actually reflect the number of personnel needed to ensure food safety. Our government will also ensure food inspectors and veterinarians are actually spending time on the floor and not filling out paperwork.

Place an immediate moratorium on industry  elf-policing policies
New Democrats are disturbed that the Conservatives are willing to jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians, by privatizing food inspection just to save a few dollars is not acceptable. New Democrats strongly believe that a central role of government is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We are strongly opposed to the changes to Canadas Food Inspection Agency wrought by Liberal and Conservative governments. New Democrats would ensure Canadas food inspection system has the necessary resources to ensure the food Canadians eat is safe. Later in this election, New Democrats will be releasing a comprehensive plan for food safety and agriculture. Remove obstacles preventing CFIA inspectors & vets from taking immediate action.
Preventing any kind of safety inspector from taking immediate action makes a mockery of the entire idea of independent inspection. New Democrats would ensure that CFIA inspectors and veterinarians have the necessary authority and resources to keep the food Canadians eat safe. Restore the system of public audit reports which were cancelled under pressure from the meat industry.

A New Democrat government would reverse the harmful, cavalier and foolhardy actions of the Harper Conservatives and restore full public accountability of Canada’s food industry.

Ontario Prince Edward-Hastings Green Party Alan coxwell I agree fully that the slashed numbers of inspectors has led directly to the recent tragedies families have endured because unsafe food made it onto store shelves.
Ontario Renfrew Nipising Pembroke NDP Sue McSheffrey
Ontario Richmond Hill NDP Wess Dowsett
Ontario Sarnia-Lambton NDP Andy Bruziewicz Only well trained inspectors, indepemdent of the producers and processors, can adequately protect our lives from health hazards.

Self-regulations is a dangerous practice as it involves inherect conflict of interest between the company profit and the reality of test results.

Ontario Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Sania Khan Definetly agree with this strategy and it is very important for the safety of Canadians!
Ontario Scarborough – Rouge River NDP Ryan Sloan
Ontario Scarborough Southwest Liberal Michelle Simson I’m completely in favour of the highest food safety standards. Canadians expect and deserve a federal government that protects public health.
Ontario Simcoe Grey Green Party Peter Ellis
Ontario Simcoe/Grey NDP Katy Austin
Ontario Simcoe North Green Party Valerie Powell This is a serious issue that may have been avoided if funding and inspectors had not been cut. We would demand an immediate judicial enquiry into the deaths and return adequate funding so that industry is not regulating itself.
Ontario Simcoe North NDP Richard Banigan Those demagogues of deregulation, Clement, Baird and Flaherty, who brought you Walkerton and Ipperwash, have now brought you listeriosis. These refugees from the unlamented Mike Harris administration in Ontario are now in the Harper Cabinet! They deal in death in the name of freedom. We must defeat them before they kill anyone else.
Ontario St. Catharines NDP George Addison
Ontario Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal Denis Sabourin
Ontario Thunder Bay – Rainy River Green Party Russ Aegard Our party has a very comprehensive strategy to deal with food safety, including examining what’s in our food and moving towards an organic food system.
Ontario Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP John Rafferty Yes, I agree.  In addition I believe we must invest in local and regional food markets and value-added processing, invest in research and market development for organic production, ban terminator seed technologies and ensure farmers have the right to save and reuse seed.  We must also encourage urban centres to develop good food distribution systems that build closer links between producers and consumers.
Ontario Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal Don McArthur As a father and a husband, I take food safety very seriously. I proud to say that a Liberal government will invest an additional $50 million to a build a more robust food safety net.
It is essential that a food safety crisis like the listeriosis outbreak never happens again, and thats why we will put a real focus on inspection by recruiting more inspectors, ensuring inspectors have access to the best technology and expanding inspection efforts of both home-grown and imported foods. Local citizens will be able to have greater faith in the good we eat.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency employed about 1200 inspectors in 2007. The new Liberal investment will result in an eight percent increase in the number of inspectors. This investment will represent an almost five percent increase to the federal investment in food inspection.
Ontario Thunder Bay Superior North Green Party Brendan Hughes The security of our food is imperative from a safety and from a rights perspective. The traditional political parties have allowed private corporations to own the rights of certain genetically modified organisms and seeds, and this is immoral and has to stop. As a former teacher of food and nutrition science, I understand these issues very well. Even in our northern climate we have the ability to localize our food sources, and we can work on technological advancements as well as go back to family farms and local initiatives like the good food box program. We will be holding a Green Party Platform launch on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market (CLE grounds) at 9 am in Thunder Bay Ontario. We welcome everyone and hope that you will support the party that takes safety, and food safety, seriously.
Ontario Timmins-James Bay Green Party Larry Verner
Ontario Toronto Centre Green Party Ellen Michelson In my opinion, these proposals are congruent with the extensive Green Party policies of relevance, available on our website, www.greenparty.ca.
Ontario Trinity-Spadina Liberal Christine Innes
Ontario vaughan Green Party Adrian Visentin food industry self-regulation is a ridiculous concept.
Ontario Welland NDP Malcolm Allen I think we need to fix both the federal and provincial food inspection system.  We not only need more meat inspectors but we need to have all inspection done by the public sector not by industry associations.  We also need to inspect the hundreds of further processing plants in Ontario that are currently not inspected at all. We also need to reinstitute fruit and vegetable inspection. Self regulation is no regulation.
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills Liberal Bruce Bowser
Ontario Wellington-Halton-Hills NDP Noel Duignan
Ontario Whitby-Oshawa NDP David Purdy We must commit to making Canadian food products safer now and into the future.
Ontario Windsor-Tecumseh Green Party Kyle Prestanski
Ontario Windsor-West Green Party John Esposito Industry self-regulation is unacceptable! We need to ensure our families are safe, and are reassured that what they are eating, breathing, and drinking is in fact healthy for them.
Ontario York-Simcoe Green Party John Dewar
Ontario York South–Weston NDP Mike Sullivan
P.E.I. Cardigan NDP Mike Avery Please see our platform – http://www.ndp.ca/platform – Page 13
PEI Cardigan Liberal Lawrence MacAulay
P.E.I. Charlottetown Liberal Shawn Murphy
P.E.I. Egmont Green Party Rebecca Ridlington
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Québec Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alain Senécal
Quebec Beauport-Limoilou Green Party Luc Cote Nous appuyons également des mesures concrètes pour l’agriculture biologique. Nous pronons que l’Îles d’Orléans devienne un vaste projet pilote.
Québec BERTHIER-MASKINONGE Parti Vert DENIS LEFEBVRE
Québec Bourassa Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Samira Laouni
Quebec Brome-Missisquoi Green Party Pierre Brassard
Québec Chambly-Borduas Parti Vert Olivier Adam
Québec Chateauguay–Saint-Constant Parti Liberal do Canada Linda Schwey Un gouvernement liberal recroutera 100 inspecteurs et ils auront les moyens neccesaires pour assurer la qualité et l’efficacité des inspections.
Québec Châteauguay-St-Constant Bloc Québécois Carole Freeman
Québec Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Parti Vert Jean-François Veilleux
Quebec Compton-Stanstead Green Party Gary Caldwell we have to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of food.

we should also be encouraging organic methods, minimising chemical use, raising meat-production animals in healthy, humane conditions with low or no reliance on antibiotics.

Québec Compton-Stanstead Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Jean Rousseau La sécurité de nos frères et soeurs doit être assurer par un parti responsable qui se préoccupe de la population et pour qui les valeurs humaines sont au premier plan.
Quebec Compton-Stanstead BQ France Bonsant
Quebec Gatineau NDP Françoise Boivin
Québec Gatineau Bloc Québécois Richard Nadeau I would like to congratulate the organizers of this wonderful initiative. As a NDP candidate I am proud to say that my leader and party support increased investment in funding for food inspectors. For the immediate situation, a reduction in administrative tasks for current inspectors would result in additional work hours required for their very specialized talents.
Québec Hochelaga NDP Jean-Claude Rocheleau
Quebec Hull-Aylmer Green Party Frédéric Pouyot These are all important measures, but we need to go much further if we want safe food. We need to limit to the minimum the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, hormones and artificial food. We need to make sure that the animals that are used to feed humans are treated with decency, humanity and that they are provided a harmonious more natural growing environment.
Quebec Hull-Aylmer NDP Pierre Ducasse
Quebec Jeanne-Le Ber NDP Daniel Breton Le NPD appuie votre initiative. Merci de votre travail acharné de sensibilisation.
Québec Joliette Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Francine Raynault Le NPD et moi-même sommes d’accord dans l’essence de votre document.

nous voulons engager plus d’inspecteurs selon le besoin.

Quebec Lasalle-Émard Green Party Kristina Vitelli
Quebec Laurentides-Labelle Liberal Pierre Gfeller
Québec Laurentides–Labelle Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada David Dupras
Quebec Laval Green Party Eric Madelein
Quebec Laval Les Iles Green Party Brent Neil
Québec Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher Parti Vert danielle moreau En tant que candidate du parti vert et étudiante en technologie des procédés et qualité des aliments. J’appuie le plan d’action sos aliments
Québec manicouagan Parti Vert gelineau Jacques Je m’t engage
Quebec Mount Royal NDP Nicolas Thibodeau
Quebec NDG-Lachine NDP Peter Deslauriers Keep fighting brothers and sisters. The Canadian people are with you!
Québec NDG-Lachine Parti Vert Jessica Gal Merci aux organisateurs / trices de la campagne SOS Aliments pour cette initiative, et pour rendre accessible au public cette information importante. Le Parti Vert est entièrement d’accord avec vos propositions. Nous proposons des mesures de plus (autant pour des raisons écologiques, de justice sociale et de développement rural), soit d’offrir des avantages aux producteurs agricoles locaux et aux producteurs qui favoriseront les méthodes biologiques, en divertissant les subventions actuelles consacrées à la recherche en biotechnologie et aux pratiques agricoles énergivores. Évidemment, c’est bien plus facile de responsabiliser un producteur candadien qu’un producteur à l’étranger, et de retracer la source d’un produit insalubre.
Québec Pierrefonds-Dollard Parti Liberal do Canada Bernard Patry
Quebec Pontiac Bloc Québécois Marius Tremblay
Quebec Pontiac Liberal Cindy Duncan-McMillan As a farmer, liberal candidate and co-chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture, I have always defended the need for a strong food inspection agency, one that has gov’t inspectors, not the American style of allowing the industry to police itself. As a farmer, I have a vested interest in Canadians having confidence in our food supply. As a candidate, I am proud that the liberal platform has allocated more money and more inspectors to the CFIA.
Quebec Pontiac NDP Céline Brault
Québec Repentigny Parti Vert Paul W. Fournier Je considère que ces mesures sont conformes à l’esprit de la plate-forme du Parti Vert du Canada
Quebec Rimouski Green Party James Morrison Must straonger standrds must be implemented from farm yard to processor to market and all with an ISO quality control standard of enforcement combined with stiff penalties for non compliance
Quebec Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Green Party Marie Martine Bédard It is part of our political program
Quebec Rivière-du-Nord BQ Monique Guay
Québec Roberval Parti Vert Jocelyn Tremblay LRien n,est plus important que la qualité des aliments que nous consommons car notre état de santé en dépend. Meilleure est la qualité de nos aliments, meilleure est la qualité de vie bien qu’il faut aussi que le milieu environnant soit de bonne qualité aussi.
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Bloc Québécois Robert Laporte
Québec Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Alexandre Boulerice Nous avons besoins d’inspecteurs sur le terrain pour veiller à la sécurité de nos aliments. Et nous avons besoin de plus d’entre eux. Cependant je ne peux m’engager à une embauche ferme d’un nombre précis d’inspecteur avant de mieux connaître le dossier et voir quelles sont nos capacités financières pour aller dans ce sens, mais fondamentalement je suis d’accord avec cette démarche et cette orientation. La santé de nos enfants et de nos familles est trop importante pour prendre cela à la légère et laisser faire seuls les acteurs de l’industrie.
Québec Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert Parti Vert Simon Bernier
Québec Saint-Maurice Champlain Bloc Québécois Jean-Yves Laforest
Québec Shefford Bloc Québécois Robert Vincent
Quebec St-Hyacinthe Bagot Liberal Denise Tremblay
Québec St-Hyacinthe-Bagot Parti Vert Jacques Tétreault
Québec St-Jean Parti Vert Pierre Tremblay Oui, j’appuie sans réserve.
Quebec St-Léonard-St-Michel NDP Laura Colella
Québec Terrebonne-Blainville Parti Liberal do Canada Eva Nassif J’appuie ce Plan d’action
Quebec Verchères-Les Patriotes Bloc Quebecois Luc Malo
Québec Verchères-Les Patriotes Nouveau Parti Democratique du Canada Raphaëll Fortin avec grand plaisir j’appuie cela
Quebec Vaudreuil-Soulanges Bloc Québécois Meili Faille, députée www.presentpourlequebec.org
Saskatchewan Battlefords-Lloydminster NDP Bob Woloshyn
Saskatchewan Blackstrap NDP Patti Gieni
Saskatchewan Blackstrap Liberal Deb Ehmann
Saskatchewan Cypress Hills – Grasslands Green Party Bill Clary
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Green Party Nicolas Stulberg
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre NDP Fred Kress Thank you for the survey.  Please review the New Democratic Plan for food safety at www.ndp.ca.  We agree with more inspectors and safety in labelling and other areas.
Saskatchewan Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Liberal Monica Lysack I am deeply concerned about the Harper government’s deregulation of the food safety industry.  Canadians must be assured that their federal government takes this issue seriously.  Yes, I commit to Food Safety.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar NDP Nettie Wiebe The costs of a more stringent inspection system must not be downloaded to smaller, local plants which are already struggling to meet the requirements set for large-scale processors.
Saskatchewan Saskatoon-Humboldt NDP Scott Ruston The only thing I cannot commit to is the 1000 new inspectors.
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville Green Party Doug Ottenbreit
Saskatchewan Yorkton – Melville NDP Jen Antony
Yukon Yukon NDP Ken Bolton Protecting public health and safety has to be the primary concern of any government. There should be no compromise on food or water safety standards, or on the quality of the air we breathe. Industry cannot be relied on to police itself, and inspections services also need to be free from political interference.

The following MPs have voted for food safety. Click here to learn more about this campaign.

First Name Last Name Province Political Party Riding Comments
Malcolm Allen Ontario NDP Welland
Niki Ashton Manitoba NDP Churchill
Alex Atamanenko British Columbia NDP BC Southern Interior  
Chris Charlton Ontario NDP Hamilton-Mountain  
Jean Crowder British Columbia NDP Nanaimo-Cowichan
Libby Davies British Columbia NDP Vancouver East
Linda Duncan Alberta NDP Edmonton Strathcona  
Yvon Godin New Brunswick NDP Acadie-Bathurst  
Claude Gravelle Ontario NDP Nickel Belt  
Bruce Hyer Ontario NDP Thunder Bay – Superior North The safety of Canada’s food supply is paramount, and urgently-needed action to protect Canadians should not be left on the back burner.
Megan Leslie Nova Scotia NDP Halifax  
Tony Martin Ontario NDP Sault Ste. Marie
Alexandra Mendes Quebec Liberal Brossard–La Prairie
Glenn Thibeault Ontario NDP Sudbury
Bryon Wilfert Ontario Liberal Richmond Hill  
Judy Wasylycia-Leis Manitoba NDP Winnipeg North

The following MPs have voted for food safety. Click here to learn more about this campaign.

First Name Last Name Province Political Party Riding Comments
Malcolm Allen Ontario NDP Welland
Niki Ashton Manitoba NDP Churchill
Alex Atamanenko British Columbia NDP BC Southern Interior  
Chris Charlton Ontario NDP Hamilton-Mountain  
Jean Crowder British Columbia NDP Nanaimo-Cowichan
Libby Davies British Columbia NDP Vancouver East
Linda Duncan Alberta NDP Edmonton Strathcona  
Yvon Godin New Brunswick NDP Acadie-Bathurst  
Claude Gravelle Ontario NDP Nickel Belt  
Bruce Hyer Ontario NDP Thunder Bay – Superior North The safety of Canada’s food supply is paramount, and urgently-needed action to protect Canadians should not be left on the back burner.
Megan Leslie Nova Scotia NDP Halifax  
Tony Martin Ontario NDP Sault Ste. Marie
Alexandra Mendes Quebec Liberal Brossard–La Prairie
Glenn Thibeault Ontario NDP Sudbury
Bryon Wilfert Ontario Liberal Richmond Hill  
Judy Wasylycia-Leis Manitoba NDP Winnipeg North

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Federal government fails on food safety inspection & enforcement

On July 21, 2009, Sheila Weatherill made public the results of her investigation into the Maple Leaf Foods listeriosis outbreak which left 22 dead and dozens more seriously ill.

Almost half of Ms. Weatherill’s recommendations (23 of 57) to prevent another outbreak were directed toward the underfunded Canadian Food Inspection Agency. With its mandate to inspect sanitation practices and enforce food safety requirements, the CFIA was widely seen as failing to protect Canadian consumers. Ms. Weatherill established these important findings of facts in her report.

FACT The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) failed to do mandatory safety audits of the Maple Leaf Foods plant which produced the tainted cold cuts for years prior to the outbreak.
FACT A new inspection system (the Compliance Verification System or CVS) implemented just before the outbreak was flawed and in need of “critical improvements related to its design, planning and implementation”.
FACT The CVS was “implemented without a detailed assessment of the resources available to take

on these new (CVS) tasks”.

FACT A shortage of food safety inspectors was in play before the outbreak. “In the lead up to the outbreak the number, capacity and training of inspectors assigned to Bartor Road (the tainted Maple Leaf plant) appear to have been stressed due to their responsibilities at other plants, the complexity of Bartor Road including its size and hours of operation, and necessary adjustments required by the implementation of the CVS.”

In short, Ms. Weatherill found that there are too few inspectors covering too much territory, hobbled by a new inspection system that never worked properly.

Six months after the Weatherill report and almost 18 months after the outbreak, little visible progress has been achieved. Little has been done to fix and properly staff the inspection system to ensure the food we eat is safe because of an absence of political will and commitment on the part of the federal government. The food inspector shortage remains and it’s only a matter of time before the next outbreak.

The federal government has earned a failing grade
on food safety inspection and enforcement. D-

Food Safety Inspection and Enforcement

Theme Recommendation Status Grade
Resources 7. To accurately determine the demand on its inspection resources and the number of required inspectors, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should retain third-party experts to conduct a resources audit. The experts should also recommend required changes and implementation strategies. The audit should include analysis as to how many plants an inspector should be responsible for and the appropriateness of rotation of inspectors. An independent resource audit has not begun; inspectors continue with the same impossible workload. F
Resources 8. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should ensure that inspectors receive timely education and training specific to each function which they perform. This should be based on an assessment of the additional training required to address gaps in the knowledge and abilities of inspection staff. Inspectors should regularly receive a mandatory program on current trends in science and technology in the processing of food, including compliance and verification processes. No new training initiatives have been launched since the Weatherill report. F
Resources 9. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should equip its inspectors with modern technology (e.g. e-note pad) to increase their efficiency. Technology available to inspectors has not changed. Most inspectors rely on communications technology from the last century; there are inspectors who do not have cell phones or computers; many do not have access to high speed Internet. F
Resources 10. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should amend its meat inspection system (CVS) to ensure:

a. the appropriate human resources are available to respond to workload requirements;

b. comprehensive training based on required competencies and skills; timely delivery of on-going training;

c. supervision of inspection staff structured to encourage enterprise and accountability.

The Compliance Verification System remains unevaluated and under resourced. F
Resources 51. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should ensure that the Office of Food Safety and Recall has dedicated resources to undertake all the CFIA activities concerning recalls. The Office of Food Safety and Recall should be identified as the CFIA’s primary point of contact with Health Canada during a national foodborne emergency. The Office of Food
Safety and Recall already has dedicated resources but they are insufficient.
F
Inspection Process 15. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in conjunction with and in conformity to the proposed revisions to Health Canada’s Listeria Policy, should strengthen its February 2009 Listeria controls found in the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures to focus on control measures for Listeria in ready-to-eat meat products, in addition to the current environmental and product testing:

a. to ensure that any required testing is a verification step to confirm the effectiveness of the company’s Listeria control program and not
a control program in itself;

b. by differentiating the testing requirements to reflect the risk associated with each product (i.e. more testing for high risk products and less for low risk ones);

c. by requiring the testing of non-food contact

surfaces in the processing environment;

d. by establishing ‘hold and test’ product control requirements following positive test results for Listeria on food contact surfaces as follows:

i. several tests for Listeria on food contact surfaces should be conducted immediately on and around the area where positive results were found to determine:

  • if there is persistent contamination, or
  • if the previous positives have already been dealt with using standard sanitation procedures;

ii. if the follow-up tests are positive, then testing for Listeria monocytogenes must occur in products from the production line of concern During this testing phase, all products produced on that line and day (i.e. between two complete sanitation shifts) should be withheld from the marketplace until the results are known;

e. by further defining expectations of trend analysis to identify weaknesses in the company’s control programs (including its HACCP plan) by determining if a pattern of contamination is emerging.

This recommendation was implemented prior
to Ms. Weatherill’s report.
But with no additional
resources, other aspects of food inspection have suffered.
B for

CFIA

F for gov’t

Inspection Process 16. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should revise its monitoring programs (M-200 and M-205 plans), by tailoring the sampling frequencies to each plant based on risk factors including compliance history, product risks and target market (i.e. higher sampling frequency in some plants, lower in others.) Monitoring remains one size fits all; no change since report. F
Inspection Process 17. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should review and update existing food safety programs, regulations and directives to best reflect current food safety practices. Programs, regulations and directives remain unchanged since report. F
Inspection Process 18. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should update its Food Safety Enhancement Program Manual to require food processors to include all standard operating procedures and good manufacturing practices in their food safety plan. No action since report; no production facilities have had to re-submit HACCP plans. F
Inspection Process 19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should ensure that the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures is updated whenever there is a significant change to the practices imposed on industry. Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures is under review. C-
Inspection Process 48. To ensure timely and consistent enforcement practices across the country, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should review the interpretation and application of its rules and enabling legislation. No visible action. F
Communi-

cations

20. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should formally communicate its expectation that registered meat processors will bring all information with potential consequences for food safety to the attention of their assigned inspector in a timely manner. A memo was sent to industry. C
Communi-

cations

26. Where human deaths or serious illnesses have occurred, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should promptly disclose the results of its investigation of the implicated plant and the corrective actions taken, to the public and food safety partners. N/A (thank goodness).
Communi-

cations

31. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should establish a formal protocol to ensure that timely and consistent information is provided to staff of the provincial/territorial or local public health organizations who are asked by the Agency to help it complete post-recall verification activities. No changes since report. F
Inspection Process 32. In providing information related to a given product recall to the distribution industry, including grocers, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should use a standardized form (as suggested by the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors). No change. F
Inspection Process 38. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada should enhance their public profile to increase awareness of their mandates. No new public relations

initiatives since the Weatherill report.

F
Inspection Process 47. As a regulatory agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should create a formal and transparent consultation strategy which will define its required engagement with stakeholders. There is nor formal and transparent consultation process; currently, consultations take place behind closed doors that shut out public engagement. F
Governance 44. As soon as possible, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, supported by independent experts, should initiate a comprehensive review of

a. its organizational structure;

b. the current delegation of responsibility and lines of accountability within the Agency; and

c. its decision-making processes

This task has been assigned to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture whose independence has been questioned. C-
Governance 49. The three main lines of business of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, food safety, animal health, and plant health should be assisted by permanent expert advisory committees to guide their evolution. This change may require amendment of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act. No amendments have been introduced into Parliament. F
Governance 50. The Office of Food Safety and Recall should report directly to the office of the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Even though there have been changes to the reporting structure, the Office of Food Safety and Recall currently does not report to the CFIA President. D
Recalls 29. Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada should review, update and publish the criteria for proceeding with a food recall to ensure that the weight of evidence takes into account epidemiological information, including suspected illnesses and deaths, geographic distribution, and food sample test results whether packages are opened or unopened. CFIA completed an evaluation of the Food Recall and Emergency Response System prior to the release of the Weatherill report, a process that began almost five years ago. Since then, no additional review has been undertaken. D
Recalls 30. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency should encourage federally regulated meat processors to move beyond the minimum existing requirement for accessibility of distribution records to include electronic access in non-proprietary and unlocked formats to assist in potential product recalls. No action. F