Ban Asbestos in Canada
It's time for a complete ban on asbestos.
On November 16, 2016, I introduced my Private Member's Bill C-321 an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (prohibition of asbestos). This Bill would prohibit the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of certain toxic substances that cause significant danger to the environment or to human life or health.
Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of occupational death in Canada; more than 2000 Canadians die each year from diseases and illnesses caused by the deadly substance.
150,000 Canadian workers continue to be exposed to asbestos in their workplaces. This is not acceptable. All Canadians deserve adequate protection from toxic and harmful substances both in their homes and in their place of work.
Endorsements - Thank you to those who have stepped up to endorse my Bill.
Jesse Todd (pictured above), Chair of the Saskatchewan Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization: We have known about the dangers of asbestos for many years and it is long overdue that we take action on protecting Canadians from this deadly carcinogen. We urge Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada to support this Bill and pass it as soon as possible.
Robert Blakely, President of Canada’s Building Trades - Asbestos kills our members in a greater proportion than any other work place hazard. We have also taken this scourge home on our work clothes and injured or killed members of our families. This Bill ends the use of this killer, it is high time. It is a step towards a world where men and women who go to work need not worry that the materials they work with will kill them in the course of their employment. A ban on asbestos has been too long coming, but it is now in sight – thank heavens!
Hassan Yussuff (pictured below), President of the Canadian Labour Congress: Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of occupational death in Canada and since 1996, asbestos-related diseases have accounted for around a third of workplace deaths. This is a health and safety issue - as well as an environmental issue – that all Canadians can agree on - Canada should ban asbestos now.
Kathleen Ruff (pictured above), Founder and Co-ordinator of RightonCanada.ca: The Canadian government needs to take action without any further delay to ban asbestos and stop Canadians being exposed to more asbestos harm. Too many lives have already been lost and the longer the government delays, the more asbestos deaths we will see. The scientific evidence is clear: all asbestos is deadly. Let's take action to ban it now.
The Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (CAMO): The Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (CAMP) is a national specialty society of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With its well established role in causing mesothelioma, lung cancer and other malignancies, medical oncologists are very familiar with the negative impact of asbestos on the health and welfare of Canadians. As an organization, CAMO has endorsed prior efforts to ban asbestos in Canada.
On behalf of CAMO, we are writing in support of your Private Member's Bill C-321, an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (prohibition of asbestos).
Hal Hirte, MD FRCPC, President
Bruce Colwell, MD FRCPC, Vice President
Desiree Hao, MD FRCPC, Secretary/Treasurer
Christopher W. Lee, MD FRCPC, Past President
Renee Guay, Health and Safety Manager and advocate: Changing and enforcing our policies to protect our people from the risk of asbestos is our responsibility. Do we not protect our fellow citizens from well-known murderers? Yes – we imprison them. Why then do we let this well-known proven killer 'walk free'? Right now, we are knowingly putting Canadians at risk. By 2020, it will be 100 years since it has been known that asbestos is deadly.
For the past and current victims of asbestos and for those that have yet to be diagnosed with the deadly Mesothelioma…I will continue to fight for you for a ban on asbestos.
Tracy & Lesley Ford, Co-Founders of Asbestos Related Research, Education and Advocacy (AREA) Fund - In 2008 my dad died from mesothelioma. After his death, my mum and I learned just how deadly asbestos fibres are and learned that asbestos-related diseases are the number one occupational killer in Canada. In response to the need for more investment in education and advocay on the issue, we created the AREA fund. To date, we have raised $100,000, supported half a donzen projects, and hosted three awareness walks, but none of these things will ultimately end the exposures and related deaths. A complete ban on asbestos, combined with a comprehensive asbestos strategy will. AREA Fund is in full support of your Private Member's Bill C-321, it is long overdue in Canada.
Canadian Cancer Society
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada