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KFC's Double Down Sandwich Mocks Canada's Health Promotion Minister

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Is there a fast-food sandwich more quintessentially American than KFC’s Double Down? Two slabs of fried chicken, bacon, cheese, sauce. No bread. Sodium levels that would give your doctor nightmares. So when this celebration of meaty excess invaded Canadian shores this week, our eminently reasonable neighbors to the north didn’t know what to do with themselves.

The Liberal-led Ontario government set off a political kerfuffle yesterday when Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best was asked about the notorious sandwich and said banning it was “certainly something we may look at and review.”

The opposition quickly jumped on her remarks. Tim Hudak, leader of the Progressive Conservative party (because a party that’s simply “Conservative” would sound too strident), said a Double Down ban would be in keeping with Premier Dalton McGuinty’s predilection for micromanaging Ontarians’ daily lives.

Hudak went on to say he looked forward to trying a Double Down himself, though he added that he would “go for a jog afterwards,” so as to avoid setting a bad example.

Best, the health minister, put an end to the mild-mannered quarrel by backing off the whole idea of reviewing any foods. “Consumers have the right to choose the food they wish to purchase,” her office conceded in a statement.
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