19 May '12, 9am

U.N. to Canada: Ignoring Hunger Won't Make It Go Away | Care2 Causes

U.N. to Canada: Ignoring Hunger Won't Make It Go Away | Care2 Causes

Before UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food even arrived in Canada, the Harper government let Olivier De Schutter know he was not welcome . The message was: we are a rich country. We send money to the United Nations to deal with real hunger. Don’t waste it on a trip to Canada, which has no hunger problems . So De Schutter came. As expected, all but one federal minister refused to meet with him. When the Rapporteur dared criticize Canada, the government and some of Canada’s media let loose a torrent of invective. Others spoke strongly in support of the envoy, but Canada is left with egg on its face in international circles. The Envoy’s Initial Reflections Here is an excerpt from De Schutter’s initial reflections after his visit to Canada: Canada has long been seen as a land of plenty. Yet today one in ten families with a child under six is unable to meet their daily f...

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