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e-2552 (Correctional system)

Initiated by Calvin Neufeld from Perth, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The COVID-19 pandemic requires special measures to ensure food security for Canadians;
  • The two prison farms at Joyceville and Collins Bay in the Kingston, Ontario, area include 1,500 acres of federally owned farmland, most of it currently not in use;
  • Starting with this growing season, that land could be dedicated to growing a large variety of highly nutritious produce to supply food banks and communities in need;
  • The federal government's $4.3 million allocation for restoring the two prison farms is currently being directed towards establishing an industrial dairy goat operation to sell milk to Feihe International to manufacture infant formula for commercial sale and export to China;
  • The plan to use the prison farms to supply Feihe's infant formula exports is contradictory to international and domestic laws and regulations under the World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, the International Labour Organization’s standards for the use of prison labour, and Canada’s own strict laws against importing goods produced wholly or in part by prison labour; and
  • Using the prison farmland to grow food for direct human consumption would help meet food security needs during and after the COVID-19 crisis, while providing healthy, productive work for prisoners and serving the program's rehabilitation and training purposes.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to instruct the Correctional Service of Canada to immediately convert Kingston’s prison farms into a federally funded food production project serving food banks and food-insecure communities.
Open for signature
April 24, 2020, at 4:23 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 24, 2020, at 4:23 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston)
June 18, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00289)
Photo - Scott Reid
Conservative Caucus
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