Senators fiddle while Canadian consumers at risk

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - The Senate Industry Committee is ignoring the needs of Canadian Consumers and thwarting the will of our elected representatives by holding up passage of the long overdue Consumer Protection Act (Bill C-6).

"Ancient Existing legislation, is 50 years old, and completely inadequate to protect our children from being maimed in unsafe baby carriages or from suffocating in faulty cribs" says Bruce Cran, President of the Consumers' Association of Canada. "The updated legislation received all party support in the House of Commons and was thoroughly scrutinized by the House Committee, so why is it stuck in the Senate".

"The Senators are paying too much attention to special interest groups who fear that their free-wheeling ways will be inhibited by this urgently required legislation" adds V-P Mel Fruitman.

"Under existing legislation, even if a death-threatening hazard is identified, the only option available to the Canadian government is to go to the supplier, cap in hand, and ask them to please do something about it. The new act will allow the government to take immediate appropriate action" notes Cran. "We ask the Senators, to cast aside their differences, consider the well-being of their fellow Canadians and allow the bill to be passed as it was presented before we face a really serious tragedy.

SOURCE Consumers' Association of Canada

For further information: For further information: Bruce Cran, (604) 418-8359; Mel Fruitman, (905) 832-9969

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