This week an ad appeared in the Wadena News asking why I am “blocking elected MPs and senators who want to protect the health of Canadian children.” I have done no such thing.
Rather I want Bill S-228 studied by the Senate because it could jeopardize the livelihoods of Canada’s 65,000 grain farmers, not to mention our bakers and our dairy producers.
Bill S-228 aims to restrict and prevent the advertising of “unhealthy” foods to children under 13. I have no problem with that. But there are many unintended consequences in this bill. And it affects everyone from parents making sandwiches for lunch to the farmers to want to sell their wheat here at home or export it.
It is my job as a Senator to make sure due consideration is given to bills before us, and I am doing so on behalf of my province and it’s farmers- both of whom are far too often overlooked by those in Ottawa. I support restricting advertising to kids but it is important that we hear the concerns of those who will be most affected, particularly our farmers, so this matter does not end up in the international trade courts, or worse –devastating an entire industry.
The Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C, S.O.M
Independent Senator for Saskatchewan