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Monday, November 21, 2011 

Ethical Asbestos - How Canada's Conservative MP's Continue To Push Deadly ASBESTOS Onto Poor Nations


"A growing number of Conservative MPs are questioning their government's position on the export of asbestos, with a group of them independently summoning industry experts to a meeting on Parliament Hill last week.

Solid caucus discipline has been one of Stephen Harper's political achievements over six years in power. While open revolt over asbestos hasn't erupted, clear faultlines over government resistance to having the substance listed as hazardous internationally suggest the prime minister may be forced to deal with a rare case of internal dissent.

The first public cracks in the Conservative party line came on Nov. 1, when five Tory MPs broke ranks and abstained from an NDP vote that would have banned asbestos exports.

That was followed last Monday with a private Parliament Hill meeting that saw about a dozen Conservative parliamentarians ask some pointed questions of the Chrysotile Institute and industry scientists over several hours.

British Columbia MP Mark Warawa, who has expressed his concerns about asbestos in the past, organized the meeting. He said in an interview that he is simply looking for more facts.

Industry critics say it's laughable to expect top-notch safety standards in the poorer countries that import the substance."

Winnipeg Free Press

Whats worse than asbestos, getting busted for listening to Little Feat

Ah if only the left did not control the media. CTV’s QP is the Conservatively themed political discussion in Canada and even they were willing to raise an eyebrow at a draconian provision stuffed into the crime bill. Passing a joint near a school will be an offence with a minimum two year jail term. Considering 50% of University students pass a joint near a school, and this probably rises to 75 if you include ones that don’t take a draw, it would seem a ridiculous law. What is truly odious is the mindset of those who included and defend this measure. They say no problem, its not going to be enforced. How many times can the conservatives say this with a straight face. Oh all those internet laws, they are not going to be enforced. All those drug laws, they only apply to organized crime. I suspect the truth is the pass it measure was included to give the police the ability to sweat offenders to get them to narc out who gave them the pot. IMHO this is a stasi type measure. This is truly a harbinger of a police state.

Just saw on CBC tonight. The Asbestos mine was quietly closed last month. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/11/24/asbestos-shutdown.html

Slightly off topic, but they also aired a debate about CBCs secret budgets and the need for transparency. http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/1221258968/ID=2170651768

Nice blog, thanks for posting.
You may find some fodder.. uh stats on my blog as well: http://kim-hunter.blogspot.com/
posting fresh ones about the 125 billion "not a bailout" Harper gave the banks shortly.

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