OTTAWA – Today, Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre) introduced Bill C-329, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (asbestos). The bill amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the manufacture, use, sell, offer for sale or import of certain toxic substances that cause significant danger to the environment or to human life or health and adds asbestos as a prohibited substance.
“It is important to protect the health of workers not only here in Canada, but around the world. Far too many workers and their family members suffer from the health issues caused by asbestos. It is time for Canada to end the unethical trade and use of asbestos here in Canada,” said Ouellette. “If we fail to act, we condemn workers here in Canada and abroad to suffer from the affliction and diseases of asbestos now and into the future. This is something we can easily prevent. The financial costs make the use of asbestos untenable and morally wrong. I hope Health Canada and the Ministry of the Environment will take action on this important issue soon.”
Ouellette added, “I’d like to thank the former Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, Pat Martin, for his hard work on this file.”
The full text of Ouellette’s bill can be found at:http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=8670795