Cheering the demise of asbestos

by Aaron Wherry

Conservative MP Patricia Davidson, one of those Conservatives who dissented from the party line on asbestos, cheers this afternoon’s announcement.

As the Member of Parliament for a community that has been dealing with the impacts of asbestos for many years now, I am pleased with the actions of the Government of Canada to transition the Asbestos region of Quebec away from asbestos production and to allow the placing of this product on the Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

Furthermore, I wish to congratulate Minister of Industry Christian Paradis for taking a bold and decisive step in reversing a 4-decade old policy held by the Government of Canada that was supported by various governing parties. I have no doubt that this announcement will be supported in Sarnia-Lambton and in fact across Canada by all Canadians, who will feel this decision is the right and responsible choice to make.

The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Public Health Association are also pleased.

Via Twitter, Les Perreaux points out that, despite what the Harper government is saying today, the Parti Quebecois hasn’t promised to “prohibit” the asbestos industry, it has said it would cancel a government loan for the Jeffrey Mine. I’ve corrected my post below.




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Cheering the demise of asbestos

  1. This is a joke.
    “Dissented” ?

    Pat Davidson abstained from motions to ban asbestos, remained inactive during all the cries from her riding for action on the asbestos export issue and wasted her own private members bill on some cosmetic lens thing nobody in Sarnia-Lambton knew anything about or cared about, despite non-stop pleading from a community devistated by the effects of asbestos.

    Saying essentially “maybe we should look at both sides of the issue” before the house once doesn’t make her even partly responsible for the work of activists throughout her riding and the world, or the work of a provincial PQ party in Quebec.

    She continues to back the party line on almost all issues of importance, regardless of facts presented.

    From the people who live in her riding, she is no hero and don’t try and spin this into something it isn’t. It’s offensive, to say the least.

    • If you follow the links, you might discover evidence that Ms Davidson has a touch of integrity and a backbone, which is an increasingly rare in the conservative government,

      If you ask nicely, they can dispatch MP David Wilks to the nearest Tim Horton’s. He’ll give a nice talk on how government really works.

      http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/28/the-political-experience/

      Free coffee and donuts to all who attend. Seating is limited. No homeless persons please. Timmy’s has rules about that.

      http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Retail-services/2008-05-23/article-1373952/Tim-Hortons-employee-scolds-Good-Samaritan-after-buying-homeless-woman-breakfast/1

      • Lost me with some of that. I’ve read all the “evidence” you talk about, and it hardly supports what’s talked about here. It also doesn’t tell the whole story, not in the slightest.

        She’s repeatedly disregarded the wishes of the public on a variety of issues and constantly backs the party line no matter how heinous or no matter what her constituents want.

        The asbestos issue she took zero action. She spoke /wrote about it faintly a couple of times, bringing slight encouragement and failed to act when she needed to.

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