Canadian Consumer Groups React to NDP Plan to Create a Minister for Consumer Protection

    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,

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