Dow to challenge Quйbec herbicide ban

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Dow to challenge Quйbec herbicide ban

 

Unionist

This is pretty thick, coming from the company that supplied all the napalm used by the U.S. in Vietnam:

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/22/quebec-pesticide.html?ref=rss]... herbicide ban violates NAFTA, pesticide maker alleges[/url]

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A company that makes the commonly used herbicide ingredient 2,4-D is challenging the Quebec government under the North American Free Trade Agreement for banning its product.

The Canadian unit of Dow AgroSciences alleges the prohibition of the weed killer is without any scientific basis and in violation of the trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. ...

On April 3, 2006, Quebec brought in a sweeping pesticide ban, pulling more than 200 products from provincial shelves.


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QatzelOk

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This is pretty thick, coming from the company that supplied all the napalm used by the U.S. in Vietnam:

This is more similar to Canada's position than it would first appear.

Vietnam also entered into a corporatist relationship with the US just before it was coated with napalm and Agent Orange. Brian Mulroney should have to drink a glass of napalm every morning, just to show how safe the product is.

Unionist

[url=NAFTA">http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/fp/NAFTA+threat+stop+lawn+pestic... threat won't stop Quebec ban on lawn pesticides[/url]

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Trade Minister Stockwell Day vows a "vigorous defence" of Quebec's ban on lawn pesticides containing 2,4-D from a challenge by a U.S. chemical company through the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Dow AgroSciences is to decide within a few weeks whether to go ahead with a threatened claim through NAFTA for $2 million, just as Ontario is introducing similar pesticide controls that put 2,4-D on a ban list. [...]

While the federal government would defend Quebec, it is in an awkward position because the federal Health Canada pest management regulatory agency declared 2,4-D safe, if used as directed.

That finding is at the heart of Dow's case. Dow says Quebec's ban is not driven by science but by "political, social or cultural considerations" and the province has broken a promise to review the "precautionary" ban after the federal pest agency review was complete. [...]

New Democratic Party MP Peter Julian, who instigated the hearing, said he suspects the government will settle out of court and/or ask Quebec to reverse its ban, despite Day's comments. Julian said the case would likely expose the outdated nature and general weakness of Chapter 11.

 

 

 

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Trade Minister Stockwell Day vows a "vigorous defence" of Quebec's ban on lawn pesticides containing 2,4-D from a challenge by a U.S. chemical company through the North American Free Trade Agreement.

That's weird. Why? Did someone tell him DOW is an Islamic corporation?

Unionist

Lol!

Anyway, Peter Julian is likely right. Stockwell is probably preparing the groundwork to pressure Québec to cave. He'll be wasting his time (I hope).

 

 

Unionist

[url=Dow">http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090409.wdow0409/BNS... is going to court[/url]

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Dow AgroSciences LLC has decided to sue the federal government over Quebec's ban on the residential use of pesticides.

The U.S.-based company, maker of the herbicide 2,4-D, is claiming $2-million (U.S.) in damages, using controversial provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement that allow businesses to sue governments over regulations that harm their interests. [...]

Health Canada, which regulates pesticides, has approved 2,4-D for use on residential lawns, and ironically, Dow is using the federal stamp of approval as part of the basis of its claim. [...]

But Lisa Gue, a spokesperson for the David Suzuki Foundation, said she was “disappointed” that Dow chose to go forward with the claim. “We're calling on the federal government to vigorously defend Quebec's ban on 2,4-D.”