"If this was an issue in Toronto, in Vancouver, in any city around the world, around Canada, there would be no debate."
He is being acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the Kenora riding.
A woman pressed the PM to deliver a promised mercury treatment centre.
Funding for the project was promised two years ago.
The prime minister's remarks sparked laughter and applause at a Liberal fundraiser.
About four million Canadians -- including more than a million children -- lack food security, defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Sadly, it's not just humans who are affected by mismanagement of food systems and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Wildlife feel the impacts as well.
Imagine the public outcry if the Ontario government ignored mercury poisoning in the Grand River watershed in southwestern Ontario. The public pressure to clean it up immediately would be overwhelming. The government would rigorously explore every option to clean it up. Yet, the sad truth is that for over 30 years the Ontario government has ignored scientific reports on the need for and ways to clean up the mercury poisoning in the English-Wabigoon River System in northwestern Ontario. The Grassy Narrows First Nation has paid the price with losses to their health, economy and culture.
A human rights watchdog released a report calling on Canada to give First Nations equal rights to clean drinking water.
The Wabigoon River has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows for generations. Along with the chain of lakes through which it runs, the river provided fish, drinking water and nearly full employment in guiding and commercial fishing. But shortly after the mill started dumping, mercury began appearing at alarming concentrations far downstream and throughout the entire food chain.
"[Government officials] don’t seem to want to address any Anishinaabe issues."