The Canadian Labour Congress is calling for a ban on asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos — a fibrous mineral used in building and construction — is the leading cause of workplace-related death in Canada.
Canada stopped exporting asbestos in 2011, and its last asbestos mine closed in 2012. But Canada still imports asbestos for use in construction products and automotive parts.
According to the Canadian Labour Congress, the value of the imports has increased from $4.7 million in 2011 to $8.2 million in 2015.
Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, told CBC’s The Early Edition the government needs to step up and ban the import of asbestos.
“We only stopped exporting it because the mine went bankrupt, not because this is good public policy. We knew the evidence long before that asbestos is a carcinogen.”
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