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.
2017.01.04: Ottawa Citizen - Learn from asbestos – and do more to protect Canadians
To be clear: the decision comes decades late. Thousands of Canadians have already died from mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Thousands more will suffer the same fate in the coming years. Asbestos is far and away the leading occupational killer, costing Canada billions of dollars annually.
2016.12.20: The Star - How federal politicians sheltered asbestos industry
Successive federal governments — Liberal and Conservative — provided political shelter to companies mining chrysotile asbestos in Quebec, going so far as to fund the Chrysotile Institute whose purpose was to defend aggressively this particular type of asbestos as distinctly less hazardous than other forms of the magic mineral. (A paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2008 called this argument “redolent of the tobacco industry’s playbook on light cigarettes.”)
2016.12.15: CBC News - Full asbestos ban, changed codes and regulations expected by 2018
By 2018, the federal government hopes to ban asbestos in Canada and change rules and regulations about the deadly material, which contaminates tens of thousands homes and buildings across the country and kills thousands every year.
2016.12.09: CBC News - Asbestos ban to be announced by federal government next week
Asbestos should be banned in Canada, says Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who hopes the private member’s bill he introduced this week to prohibit the known carcinogen will put further pressure on the Trudeau government to take action.
An unprotected Indian woman sorts chrysotile asbestos