Harper Throws Millions Into Researching Benefits of ASBESTOS

$19 MILLION SENT OFF TO ASBESTOS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The government of Stephen Harper has effectively become the prime cheerleader for the Quebec asbestos industry according to an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Despite much government knowledge that asbestos inhalation can cause severe lung problems including lung cancer, the Stephen Harper Conservatives have continued to support the Quebec asbestos undustry through research grants to the Chrysotile Institute(a lobby group that says asbestos is safe for humans) where research is conducted into asbestos safety.
Interesting…$19 million to a company that is predominantly a LOBBY GROUP for the industry? What the heck? Why would Harper and company throw our money to lobby groups?
And even more interesting is Harper and company say asbestos is safe to export to developing nations but not fit for Canadain usage. I guess human life in India and China is worth nothing compared to us.
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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Christian Paradis – Harper’s Minister of PWGSC – is in prime asbestpos country. It only makes sense.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I have to wonder if selling asbestos to companies that are well aware of the dangers is any more immoral than selling cigarettes to people that are well aware of the dangers.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    “I have to wonder if selling asbestos to companies that are well aware of the dangers is any more immoral than selling cigarettes to people that are well aware of the dangers.”

    Nope, not immoral.
    What is immoral is selling banned products that we do not use, to other developing countries that have no rules or regulations.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    ‘What is immoral is selling banned products that we do not use, to other developing countries that have no rules or regulations.’

    Why? Are the people in these so-called developing countries inferior to us intellectually or morally? Are they some how unable to make rational decisions on their own behalf? Their choice. Their responsibility.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    There are different types of asbestos. Amosite is very dangerous. Chrysotile as it turns out, may not be as harmful.

    It would be good to know exactly how hazardous each of the products are.

    Undoubtably this money has another (useless) purpose.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    “It would be good to know exactly how hazardous each of the products are.”

    You could look it up.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Remember Mr. Bender, there are ways to use asbestos that are safe.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    lol!

  9. Anonymous
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Afterthought:Look how Wikipedia views this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysotile

    Safety concerns

    Chrysotile asbestosChrysotile, as well as other forms of asbestos, is considered to be a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)[10] and by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.[1] Asbestos exposure is associated with parenchymal asbestosis, asbestos-related pleural abnormalities, mesothelioma, and lung cancer, and it may be associated with cancer at some extra-thoracic sites.[11] Chrysotile has been recommended for inclusion in the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent,[12] an international treaty that restricts the global trade in hazardous materials. If approved by the parties to convention when they meet in October 2008, exports of chrysotile would only be permitted to countries explicitly consenting to receive it. Canada, the major producer of the mineral, is currently resisting efforts to include it in the treaty.[13] All other forms of asbestos are already listed in the treaty.


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