Anti-asbestos motion blocked in Quebec National Assembly

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Anti-asbestos motion blocked in Quebec National Assembly

By Kevin Dougherty, GAZETTE QUEBEC BUREAU February 23, 2012

QUEBEC — Lisette Lapointe, wife of former Parti Québécois premier Jacques Parizeau, who now sits in the Quebec legislature as an independent, used her lack of party ties Thursday to present a motion calling on the province to withdraw its offer to finance the reopening of Quebec’s only remaining asbestos mine.

But while she had the support of “Le Collectif” of pro-sovereignty independents, including Louise Beaudoin, Pierre Curzi and Jean-Martin Aussant, who left the PQ with Lapointe last year, as well as Amir Khadir, the only elected member of Québec solidaire, no one else supported her motion.

“What disappoints us very much, to see that here the Liberal Party, the Parti québécois, they don’t say a word today,” Lapointe, accompanied by the fellow Collectif members, said.

“They refused to support our motion.”

Lapointe’s motion noted that the International Agency for Research on Cancer, affiliated with the World Health Organization, has concluded after a full review of the scientific research that asbestos, including chrysotile asbestos mined in Quebec, “is carcinogenic in all its forms.”

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