Last night, I was pleased to support NDP MP Pierre Luc-Dusseault’s Private Members’ Bill, Bill C-291, which mandates labeling of foods which have been genetically-modified, at second reading. When the votes were tallied however, the bill was defeated by 216 to 67.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to hear from those in Charlottetown and across the country on this issue. I’ve also heard many in Charlottetown voice their support for such a measure in the past.
The concept of GMO labeling is not new. 64 countries around the world have some type of mandatory labeling GM food law including the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China. While I fully believe in Health Canada and our food safety practices in Canada, I also think there’s an entirely valid argument to be made that consumers should have the right to be as informed as possible about the food they consume – and that the choice of what to consume is theirs to make.
When you have an opinion on a measure or Bill before Parliament, please never hesitate to reach out to me via letter, email, phone or social media. I look forward to hearing from you – it could make all the difference as to how I cast my vote.