OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The New Democratic Party made an
announcement on consumer protection today as part of the federal election
campaign. In Kelowna, BC, NDP Leader Jack Layton said his party is committed
to creating a Minister for Consumer Protection and taking a number of measures
to combat gas gouging.
Canadian consumer groups have long advocated for increased measures to
protect consumers and to ensure there are significant opportunities for their
voices to be heard within government and in corporate boardrooms across the
Some immediate reaction from leading Canadian consumer organizations:
- "One thing that unites Canadians is that we are all consumers: a
ministry to protect our interests as consumers is welcome," said
Michael Janigan, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public
Interest Advocacy Centre.
- "The protection of the consumers of Canada has been underserved by the
federal government and a ministry to protect consumers is long
overdue," said Bill Huzar, President of Board of Directors of
Consumers Council of Canada.
- "Any steps taken to safeguard consumer interests are most welcome but
we would like to see more details," said Anu Bose of Option
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview: Michael Janigan,
Public Interest Advocacy Centre, (613) 562-4002 x 26; Bill Huzar, Consumers
Council of Canada, (250) 995-3154; Anu Bose, Option Consommateurs, (c.) (613)
282-3070; Steven Staples, Rideau Institute, (c.) (613) 290-2695,