It looks like the federal government will finally answer the growing chorus of voices who are calling on Justin Trudeau to keep his promise of enacting an asbestos ban. Even though Canada no longer exports asbestos, imports of certain construction and automotive products containing asbestos are still allowed. Bill To Ban Asbestos In Canada Along…

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A few years ago, the last asbestos mine in the country closed for good after a new Quebec provincial government nixed a deal for its owners. Canada went from becoming the biggest exporter of asbestos – and a despised champion of its protection from international regulation – to…a sort of wishy washy neutral stance. It’s…

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Just as we speculated a couple of weeks ago, the federal government has now jumped off the sinking ship of asbestos production and exportation from Quebec. Specifically, the Harper government has reversed the pro-asbestos stand it’s held in the face of international outcry and announced that it will no longer block international efforts to add chrysotile asbestos – the variety found and mined in Quebec – from the Rotterdam Convention.

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The recent Québec election that saw the Parti Québécois recapturing the province may spell the end of the Canadian exportation industry. During the campaign, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois herself has previously stated that if elected her government would cancel the $58-million loan which was extended by the Jean Charest government to the company looking to re-open the giant Jeffrey asbestos mine.

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The international uproar over the Quebec government’s decision to green light the reopening of the giant Jeffrey Asbestos Mine by way of a $58 million loan just won’t go away this summer. The latest volley in the ongoing battle to stop Canadian asbestos exportation came from a long time anti-asbestos activist, Kathleen Ruff. Ms. Ruff and her sister lost their father to asbestos related disease and have organized the 2nd annual Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos to take place in Sarnia on September 29, 2012.

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Voices continue to rise in opposition to the Quebec government’s Canada Day announcement that they will grant a direct loan of $58 million to reopen the Jeffrey Mine, the world’s largest asbestos mine.

A Statement endorsed by over 150 public health and other organizations along with individual scientists calls for an outright worldwide ban on the mining, use and export of all forms of asbestos – including the chrysotile variety that Canadian interests plan to soon begin producing and exporting.

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As reported in Postmedia News recently, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act seem to clearly indicate that the Canadian government has been helping to promote the supposedly “safe” mining and use of chrysotile asbestos even as it acknowledged the documented health risks. This comes in direct contrast to the current federal government’s repeated assertions that Canada’s position has been consistent throughout.

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