Canada stopped mining asbestos in 2012, but Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal Government has not yet banned the use of asbestos.
Science irrefutably has declared chrysotile asbestos a carcinogen, its use is strictly prohibited in 50 countries. Liberal leaders including Prime Minister Trudeau promised to ban the import, use and export of asbestos in Canada as soon as they would be able to form the next government. To pass this legislation the Liberal Party has the support from both the NDP and the Green Party. Canadian asbestos victims are impatiently waiting for the promised ban.
Asbestos is Canada’s number one occupational killer and still Canada imported in 2015 $ 8.3 million asbestos related products.
This website collects examples of leading national and international articles calling on our government to finally ban all import and use of asbestos. The best of those articles will be published monthly on this page.
2016.12.07: Sarnia Observer - Letter to prime minister signed by Sarnia activists
The letter signed by more than 60 health, labour and environmental organizations, as well as 52 individuals, calls for the federal government to ban asbestos use in Canada, and establish an expert panel to address challenges with asbestos management and removal across the country.
2016.12.07: The Globe and Mail - Ottawa urged to ban asbestos immediately amid new data
The federal government should take immediate action to ban asbestos in Canada and establish an expert panel to review how the deadly substance is managed and disposed of in the country, a group of prominent organizations is urging, at a time when new annual numbers show asbestos is again – by far – the top on-the-job killer in Canada.
2016.10-12: Glove and Mail - What happened to Justin Trudeau’s promise to ban asbestos?
Sometimes public-policy choices involve weighing contradictory evidence and competing objectives. Careful consideration is needed to make the right decision. This is not one of those times. The government is staring at an empty net goal with its promised asbestos ban. It should stop skating and just shoot already.
An unprotected Indian woman sorts chrysotile asbestos