VANCOUVER, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Concerned Canadians from Nova Scotia to
the Yukon will be delivering fake asbestos to the offices of
Conservative MPs on Saturday June 18th, 2011. The national day of
action has been organized by the grassroots online campaign CanadaCausesCancer.ca. Citizens will be showing up at 24 Sussex Drive and Conservative MPs
offices, decked out like construction workers, with "asbestos"
(actually cotton) wrapped around a pledge for their MP to sign.
"If asbestos is safe enough to export, then why was it taken out of
parliament and the Prime Minister's home? This is a deadly double
standard that does not represent the values of the majority of
Canadians." says Sean Devlin, one of the comedians responsible for the
Participants in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Whitehorse,
Halifax and more than a dozen smaller communities will be delivering a
clear message to the Harper Government: Support the UN efforts to list
chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance, close Canada's dying
asbestos industry and institute a just transition for the remaining
The campaign was launched 10 days ago by a group of comedians and has
been promoted with a series of satirical videos, which have
collectively received over 20,000 views. The campaign's simple website
has enabled thousands of Canadians to directly contact their MP and
voice their concerns. As a result, this week Canada's largest union,
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), endorsed the campaign
and the NDP came out in support of all the petition's demands.
On June 20th in Geneva the United Nations will decided whether to
include chrysotile asbestos on a list of hazardous substances. The
Harper government has blocked 2 previous attempts to do so.
Read more about the UN vote:
Rotterdam Convention by the Conference of the Parties' Fifth Meeting
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