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Sylvain Charlebois: Andrew Scheer fumbles by politicizing food

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25.07.2019

If elected as our next prime minister, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vows to review Canada's Food Guide, which was just introduced in January. And while the idea is desirable, politicizing healthy eating can't be a good thing.

The new food guide was 12 years in the making. However, its review should be a continuous process, with the goal of creating a new version every five years or so.

But Scheer clearly intends to use controversy surrounding the guide as a political tool.

Waiting 12 years to see a new food guide made Canadians forget about the guide itself.

Even though the guide was an institution for decades and Canadian children learned from it religiously, most adults have been blissfully ignorant. Few cared or wanted to follow the guide once adulthood kicked in.

The latest release reminded us how important the guide is, for all of us, and made us aware of how irrelevant a guide can be if it's not reviewed regularly.

Canada's Food Guide remains one of the most-read public documents produced by the federal government, and many are influenced by it. According to a recent survey by Angus Reid Global, 34 per cent of Canadians have changed some of........

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