It's time for the Harper government to scrap recent changes that encourage imports and exports of this dangerous substance.
Is it okay to mix international trade with foreign policy? What if it's reeking with missionaries, rape, murder and predatory resource extraction?
The asbestos industry is still thriving, unfortunately due in part to Canada's contributions. Researchers called for an independent inquiry on McGill's asbestos history, but instead got a conference.
Time will tell if the newly elected Parti Québecois government will keep its promise to cancel the $58-million loan to Mine Jeffrey Inc. announced by Quebec's Liberal government last June.
I am now proposing The Godfrey Test for asbestos. It will apply to all those Canadians who have promoted the continuing mining and exporting of asbestos from Quebec to poorer countries.
Despite Stephen Harper and Jean Charest, it appears increasingly likely Canada will export no more Quebec-mined asbestos to countries like India and Indonesia.
How does Canada export asbestos, a known carcinogenic to the developing world? The key is industry & government-backed lobbying on an international scale, with Canada at the helm.