What exactly is the true mandate of the Canadian Health Minister? I would have thought that it would be to improve the health of all Canadians. I must be wrong though because Leona Aglukkaq continues to make decisions that will not only do nothing to help our health, they will more than likely harm our health. First there was the disbanding of the Sodium Working Group, then there was the introduction of a “dialogue” on healthy weights (how about a little less talk and a little more action), and now there’s the end of trans-fat monitoring. Health Canada provides documentation for Canadians on why trans-fats are bad. They also patted themselves on the back for being the first country to monitor trans-fat in foods back in 2007. Instead of continuing to set an example for other nations and continuing to protect Canadians from unhealthy foods, the Health Minister has decided to entirely abandon the trans-fat monitoring program. Perfect, let’s kowtow to the food industry, allowing them to put whatever they please in the foods they make, no matter the known risk to the consumers. Apparently we are no longer citizens of Canada, we are just consumers to be profited from, regardless of the cost.