The Proposed Food Day In Canada Act Passes Second Reading

Senate Bill S-227 has now passed second reading. The Bill seeks to establish the Saturday of the August long weekend, before the civic holiday Monday, to be “Food Day in Canada.” During her major speech, Secator Rose-May Poirier (Conservative member from Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick), highlighted the resiliency of Canadian farmers during the pandemic, and especially how the dairy industry donated to food banks. She also noted that a study by Columbia Climate School found that buying local foods could reduce an “average consumer’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4%-5%.” With no additional questions for debate, the bill has passed second reading and has been moved for consideration by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Read the status of the bill here and the text here.