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Prime Minister Harper – The World Doesn’t Want Canada’s Asbestos

A friend of my family, Jim Murray was recently killed by malignant mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused exclusively by exposure to asbestos. I really had no idea what asbestos was or why it was bad, where it comes from, who sells it, who buys it or what it is used for. I just read a short paper titled: ASBESTOS – CANADA’S POLITICS OF DEATH that was written by a good friend of Jim’s who was helping with his palliative care and addresses some of these questions.

It exposes that Canada is one of the major exporters of asbestos in the world and that the Conservative and formerly Liberal governments have gone to bat at an international level to protect this perverse industry. This is horrendous policy because every medical community on the planet is in agreement that asbestos should never be used. Even the WTO is in agreement and has supported Europe’s ban. Please contact your MP, ask their position on the issue and pressure them to understand the implications of supporting the Canadian asbestos industry.


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  1. Dave

    The Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act passed the Senate and received royal assent this past week. Tne bill bans advertising of flavoured products aimed at young people.

    Originally, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier led the charge to attack the bill to protect the jobs of Rothmans workers in Quebec City. Perhaps we can help the workers another way. Since the asbestos mined in Quebec is safe enough to export but not use in Canada, how about letting Rothmans export Asbestos cigarettes, cigars and cillarellos? If asbestos is safe enough to export, surely it is safe enough to smoke!

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