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.
2016.04.28: CBC - Check out this national inventory of federal buildings containing asbestos
CBC has produced a national inventory of federal buildings containing asbestos by contacting 24 federal departments and agencies that provided a list of properties containing the substance.
2016.04.22: The Star - Asbestos imports on the rise, families and unions call for total ban
Trade unions and affected family members say it’s long past time to ban all asbestos products in Canada, calling them the country’s number one workplace killer.
A tearful Michelle Cote, whose boiler maker father was diagnosed with deadly, asbestos-caused mesothelioma in 2014, told an Ottawa news conference that no one deserves to die this way.
2016.04.16: iPolotics - Experts, activists baffled as to why asbestos is still not banned
“To me, the delay is completely inexplicable. Every day that passes, people are going to die from asbestos-related exposure. It’s completely irresponsible,” said David Boyd, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and the author of Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Law and Policies.
An unprotected Indian woman sorts chrysotile asbestos