POLITICS

Bevington, NDP announce campaign to fix Nutrition North program

04/02/2015 08:45 EDT | Updated 06/02/2015 05:59 EDT
Northwest Territories MP Dennis Bevington, along with a group of NDP MPs that includes Romeo Saganash, NikiAshton, Charlie Angus, Carol Hughes & Jonathan Genest-Jourdain, is expected to announce his party's campaign to fix the highly criticized Nutrition North food subsidy program this morning.

Bevington has been highly critical of the Nutrition North program in the past. Last month, he questioned whether the government has followed through on a promised $11.3 million boost to funding, and asked in parliament last week why the program wasn't available in over 50 northern communities.

The $60 million Nutrition North program, designed to help defray the cost of nutritious food in the North by providing retailers with a subsidy that they are supposed to pass on by cutting food costs for consumers, has been under scrutiny since an auditor general's report in November revealed that Aboriginal Affairs, the federal department which oversees the program, is largely in the dark about whether Nutrition North actually does anything for the people who need it the most.

Yesterday, the Conservative government announced in a press release that Nutrition North registered retailers must make profit margin information available to independent auditors for compliance reviews.

CBC North will stream the press conference live at 9:30 a.m. EST/7:30 a.m. MST.