Six NDP MPs team up to ask AG for NNC audit

“This program has done little to keep prices down”

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Six New Democratic MPs have written to Auditor General Michael Ferguson, requesting formally that he do “wide-ranging financial and operational audit” of the Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy program for northern retailers.

“One just has to look at the pictures on the Facebook page Feeding My Family to see that this program has done little to keep prices down,” Romeo Saganash, the MP for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, said in a news release.

Earlier this month, Saganash and Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington complained in the House of Commons that Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the health minister, hasn’t asked Ferguson to look at the Nutrition North program.

Now, they and four other NDP MPs who represent northern and mid-northern communities — Niki Ashton, (Churchill), Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan), Christine Moore (Abitibi – Témiscamingue) and Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing) — have teamed up to ask Ferguson themselves.

“We are responding to the clear calls from northerners that this program has failed to deliver on Conservative promises to help lower the high cost of living in the North,” Bevington said.

The legislative assemblies of Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have all passed resolutions asking Ferguson to audit NNC.

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