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Descendant of asbestos pioneer calls for end to Canada’s involvement in its trade
By Michelle Lalonde, Postmedia News January 23, 2012
MONTREAL — A descendant of one of the earliest pioneers of Quebec’s storied asbestos industry has publicly joined the movement to stop Canadian production and export of the deadly mineral.
Susan Henry of Vancouver is the great-great niece of Andrew Stuart Johnson, a farmer who in 1878 founded the Johnson Mine Company in Thetford Mines, the first asbestos mine to operate in Canada.
After opening his mine, Johnson served as mayor of Thetford Mines and then as a Conservative member of the Quebec legislature until 1892, no doubt promoting his industry as vigorously as politicians from the region continue to do today.
Despite her family’s history, Henry has now put her name to a letter-writing campaign, launched by the David Suzuki Foundation in November, calling for an end to Canada’s involvement in the asbestos trade.
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