Federal Food Day In Canada Act Passes First Reading in House of Commons

Senate Bill S-227: An Act to Establish Food Day in Canada has passed through the Senate and has now been introduced in the House of Commons, where it has passed its first reading. The Bill seeks to establish the Saturday of the August long weekend before the civic holiday on Monday to be “Food Day in Canada.” The movement to establish this day began as a promotion for Canada’s beef industry following the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (i.e., Mad Cow Disease) crisis. The bill is sponsored in the House by Conservative Member of Parliament John Nater, who introduced the bill by highlighting the importance of championing the “healthy local food that hard-working farmers and farm families grow throughout Canada.” See the bill’s progress here, read the text of the bill here, and read Nater’s speech here.