Governments of all stripes routinely come out with %&% that disgusts me. But Quebec and the federal government have, for me, set a new low in the name of $.
From the Toronto Star:
This is one of the parts of this saga that makes me ashamed that this is happening in my country:
When I read this story last night, it made me want to weep. And I still feel ill. Add this to the Alberta tarsands and I don't see how Canada has any claim to any more credibility on enviromental and health issues than some of the countries they routinely condemn.If the mine goes ahead, it will export 200,000 tonnes of asbestos a year to developing countries for 25 years. Aware of the harm asbestos causes, Quebec, like the rest of Canada, refuses to use it. No industrialized country will use it and more than 50 countries have outright banned it. Consequently, 95 per cent of Quebec’s asbestos is exported to the developing world, where people are unaware of its hazards and safety regulations are virtually non-existent.
To help the industry, Stephen Harper has promised to continue blocking a UN environmental convention (the Rotterdam Convention) that would require Canada to obtain “prior informed consent” before shipping asbestos overseas. At the same time, his government has given the industry permission to use the Canadian flag on promotional literature, which falsely assures people overseas that Canada’s asbestos can be safely used.