The Construction Safety Campaign has just this week released details of a mass rally protest against the Canadian industry export of asbestos to the developing world, to be held on Canada’s National Day, Thursday 1st July, at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London.
Asbestos is the biggest single cause of occupational death from asbestos-related cancer causing diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis in the UK. Of the six million tonnes of asbestos imported into the country, a huge amount came from Canadian mines.
Tacit support given to the Canadian asbestos industry by the federal government in Ottawa and the provincial government in Quebec, continues the global sale of the deadly material to the developing world. 98 per cent of Bangladesh’s asbestos imports in 2008 came from Canada and 93per cent of the Philippines asbestos imports.
Notwithstanding, a possible concern or doubts raised through asbestos awareness, the federal government this year approved a further hand-out to the Montreal-based Chrysotile Institute, the lead organisation lobbying worldwide for asbestos trade.
Both the federal government and the Quebec provincial government are preparing to give a loan guarantee of $58 million to rescue the asbestos industry and allow the opening of the new Jeffrey underground mine. If this goes ahead, it means the export of 200, 000 tonnes of asbestos from the new mine with its vast new deposit of asbestos, for the next 25 years.
The Construction Safety Campaign decided it would be most fitting to hold the protest on Canada Day in order to increase demands on the Canadian government to halt its production of asbestos.