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 Mandatory nutrition labelling
 Private food advertising and public nutrition education
 Genetically modified foods
 Food, Poverty and Kids

(1) Does your party support mandatory, standardized and complete nutrition labelling for all foods, yes or no? and

(2) What will you and your party do to ensure that Canadians get this important public health information about all of the foods we eat?

Response to Question(s)


The NDP strongly supports mandatory nutrition labelling. We would implement a comprehensive standardized labelling system that would ensure Canadians have the right to know what they are eating. Nutritional labelling is an important public health initiative and essential to any educational program aimed at improving the diet and health of Canadians.


On October 19 the government announced its recommendations for nutritional labelling for most foods. Regulations would be brought in over a period of two years. A Canadian Alliance government would not reverse this process. We would, however, ensure that a balance is struck between the benefits of labelling and the cost of the practise to both producers and consumers.

The purpose of nutritional labelling is to let every consumer know about the nutritional qualities of food they are about to purchase. By enacting reasonable regulations requiring labelling we would ensure that all Canadians who make food purchases have this information.


(No response provided by the PC party.)


Canada’s food labelling policy
  1. ensures consumers have accurate information relative to health & safety;
  2. protects consumers from fraudulent or misleading labels, and
  3. promotes fair competition and product marketability.
In 1999 the Liberal government allocated $65 million to modernize and strengthen the federal food safety program. The new funds will be used to enhance surveillance systems, improve scientific capacity and increase regulatory activities.

In the fall of 2000 the Liberal government proposed changes to nutritional labelling. Under this proposal nutritional labelling on pre-packaged foods will be mandatory, have a consistent look, and include more nutrient information. The objectives are to improve the usefulness of nutrition labelling and increase its availability to Canadians.


Yes. As long as the nutrition norms are defined with the provinces.

We will, through the Standing Committee on Health and the work being done in the House, continue to act positively as an opposition party, especially in matters concerning the health and the well being of the population. We will bring forward the relevant amendments to improve the Act to revise and consolidate certain Acts respecting food, agricultural commodities, aquatic commodities and agricultural inputs (late C-80) if the federal government tables it again.

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