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Aglukkaq vs. Tutanuak: A distraction from 'food crisis' in the North?

The panel from Power & Politics weighs in after Nunavut's Member of Parliament says she's considering all legal options after the deputy mayor of Rankin Inlet said she demanded an apology from him for making disparaging remarks about the federal Nutrition North program.

Rankin Inlet's deputy mayor says Algukkaq demanded apology following remarks about Nutrition North

Controversy over food in Canada's north

8 years ago
Duration 7:27
Is the spat between Leona Aglukkaq and Rankin Inlet's deputy mayor a distraction from the government's failure to address the food crisis in the north?

Nunavut's Member of Parliament was a hot topic on Parliament Hill this week, after she said she's considering all legal options after the deputy mayor of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, said she demanded an apology from him for making disparaging remarks about the federal Nutrition North program.

In a statement, Leona Aglukkaq says she never asked for an apology from anyone in Rankin Inlet, including Deputy Mayor Sam Tutanuak

But during question period on Friday, Aglukkaq and the Nutrition North program were under fire.

"As for the people of Rankin Inlet, they deserve more than intimidation and empty rhetoric from the current government," said New Democrat MP Nikki Ashton. "We should be doing everything we can to ensure that nobody in the North has to go to the dump to get food."

All this has led some to wonder: Is the spat between Leona Aglukkaq and Sam Tutanuak a distraction from what some consider the government's failure to address the food crisis in the North?

Click on the video above for more on this from the panel on Friday's Power & Politics.

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