Introducing my first Private Member's Bill

Bill C-292

 

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured today to introduce a bill that was tabled in the previous Parliament by my colleague, the member for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, and I thank my colleague for Jonquière for seconding the bill.

This bill would require employers to record information about all accidents, occupational disease, and other hazardous occurrences known by the employer to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. The minister would be required to maintain a registry containing all of that information, and to make that information available to employees, past, present, and potential, for examination.

Today, I would like to pay tribute to the courageous advocacy of people like the late Howard Willems, who was exposed to asbestos as part of his job as a food inspector in Saskatchewan for the Canadian government. Thanks to Howard, the Saskatchewan government established a mandatory asbestos registry so that workers would know the danger and be able to come home safe and protect themselves.

This bill would help inform and protect workers so that many more can come home safe at the end of their work day. I hope my colleagues on all sides of the House will support these important measures for workers all across Canada.