04 Jul '12, 8pm

Asbestos: Politics wins out over principles.

Asbestos: Politics wins out over principles.

Globally, it is estimated that asbestos exposure causes more than 90,000 preventable deaths each year. Some 40 countries have banned asbestos altogether, including all the member states of the European Union. But there's still a market for it in developing countries — thanks in no small part to Canada's hypocritical efforts to promote exports and block restrictions on international trade. It looked like this sorry chapter in Canada's history might at last come to a close, when the last two asbestos mines in Quebec were shuttered last year. But the owner of Jeffery Mine — an entrepreneur in the export business with connections in India, where asbestos is still used in construction — pitched the Quebec government on a plan to revive the industry. He had the support of local politicians, promising hundreds of jobs at the mine. All he needed was a $58 million loan guarantee fr...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2012/07/a...

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