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.
2016.08.19: Windsor Star - Essex County council backs campaign to ban asbestos
Labour councils across the country are trying to persuade the federal government to ban the use, export or import of asbestos, by seeking the support of municipal leaders.
2016-07-16: The Star - Ottawa’s shameful foot-dragging on asbestos continues: Editorial
The roots of our dangerous obstinacy are political. Successive prime ministers have defended the deadly mineral in the hopes of winning votes in rural Quebec, where asbestos mining was an important industry for more than a century. Only last summer, three years after the last of Quebec’s mines shut down amid dwindling demand, did Ottawa finally acknowledge that “asbestos, if inhaled, can cause cancer and other diseases.”
2016.06.26: Globe and Mail - Asbestos-related cancer costs Canadians billions
A first-ever estimate of the toll of asbestos-related cancers on society pegs the cost of new cases at $1.7-billion per year in Canada, and notes that is likely an under-estimate.
2016.05.11: CBC News - Canada 'moving forward' on asbestos ban, Justin Trudeau says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made the federal government's first commitment to move forward with a plan to ban asbestos. Trudeau made the comments Tuesday while speaking at Canada's building trades union policy conference in Ottawa.