@mayormadeleine ➜ “Say its not true @leonaaglukkaq” Cabinet ministers refuse to meet UN food envoy #CDNpoli #Arctic

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Cabinet ministers refuse to meet UN food envoy

Right to food expert generally meets with federal ministers

By Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News May 5, 2012

@mayormadeleine ➜ “Say its not true @leonaaglukkaq” @PMHarper Cabinet ministers refuse to meet UN food envoy:

http://www.canada.com/Cabinet+ministers+refuse+meet+food+envoy/6571488/story.html

Several federal ministers have declined requests to meet with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food as part of his first-ever probe of a developed country.

[excerpt]

Olivier De Schutter’s mission brings him to Ottawa next week as part of an 11-day tour that includes visits to aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta. He had requested meetings with the ministers of health, aboriginal affairs, agriculture, fisheries, foreign affairs or international co-operation, as well as departmental experts.

The UN’s right to food expert, who usually meets with government ministers and technical experts within the civil service during his missions, was informed departmental officials would be available, but no meetings with ministers were arranged, his office said Friday.

[..]

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and interim Liberal leader Bob Rae will be meeting with De Schutter during his two days in Ottawa next week. De Schutter will meet also with farmer, food, development and human rights organizations in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. Until now, the independent expert appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council has been dispatched to countries such as South Africa, Cuba and Lebanon to probe those nations’ records on ensuring people have access to food. The report on the Canadian mission, to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council, will be part of Canada’s official international human rights record.

[…]

In a statement on the eve of his Canadian mission, De Schutter said “challenges remain to ensure that food is adequate, accessible and affordable for marginalized groups, be they poor urban populations or Aboriginal peoples.”

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Harvested via Twitter:

RT @mayormadeleine: What is the right to food? http://t.co/op2vxuya

RT @mayormadeleine: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food will Visit Canada in May http://t.co/XC2XGdz5  @FCM_online #health #poverty

RT @mayormadeleine: “challenges remain to ensure that food is adequate, accessible, affordable for marginalized groups, be they poor urban pops or Abo ppls”

RT @mayormadeleine: Cabinet ministers refuse to meet UN food envoy http://t.co/aoNTcQyv  Say its not true @leonaaglukkaq ~ our Nunavut MP & Minister of Health
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