Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government’s Legacy of Death

Checking my blog archive, I found that I have written a total of 22 posts on asbestos. Here is number 23. Two years ago, Canada was the sole nation to oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the list of hazardous products under the Rotterdam Convention. Such a listing would not have banned the export of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Conservatives: As Classless As Ever

Yesterday I wrote a brief post about the federal government’s decision to stop defending the export of asbestos from Quebec, not on the basis of morality, but political expediency, as the newly-elected Parti Quebecois stands opposed to it. A story in this morning’s Star reveals that, as ever, the Harper regime is both as graceless ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Export of Death to Cease

The Harper government is throwing in the towel on Quebec’s internationally-maligned asbestos industry now that the Parti Québécois is poised to take power and prohibit extraction of the cancer-causing mineral. Industry Minister Christian Paradis said Canada will stop defending asbestos mining in international circles and no longer oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention, ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Easy Way To Gauge The Moral Fiber Of Canadian Politicians

Ask them for their stand on the indefensible export of asbestos. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: An Update On Canada’s Export Of Death (Asbestos)

While I have written many posts on Canada’s indefensible export of asbestos to third-world nations, I am pleased to report that the latest news seems to suggest that this hideous and immoral practice could soon be coming to an end. Despite the ardent and ongoing efforts of the Harper regime and Quebec premier Jean Charest, ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Globe and Mail Reports on Asbestos

I have written many times on one of Canada’s biggest shames, the export of asbestos, something of grave concern to all right-thinking Canadians. It is therefore gratifying to see that, despite what I regard as the failed leadership of editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, The Globe and Mail recently devoted some resources to the issue. Entitled Canada’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada Continues to Export Death

The NDP motion read as follows: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) ban the use and export of asbestos; (b) support international efforts to add chrysotile asbestos to the list of hazardous chemical products under the Rotterdam Convention; (c) assist affected workers by developing a Just Transition Plan with measures ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Avaaz Asbestos Petition To Premier Charest

Canada’s ongoing and unconscionable export of asbestos to developing countries continues to be a source of moral outrage to millions, not just in Canada but throughout much of the world. I have written many posts on the subject, always recognizing that my efforts are puny and will not result in any change in practice by ...

Politics and its Discontents: What is Mesothelioma? A Question I Am Sure The Harpur Government Well Knows The Answer To

Think of Stephen Harper and his minions when you watch this video. He and his government are directly responsible for cases of this dread disease in developing countries such as India. Please sign this petition urging Prime Minister Harper to stop threatening Michaela Keyserlingk and to stop exporting asbestos. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder to My MP

I am a great believer in holding our politicians to account. Even though they may prove to be ultimately meaningless gestures, letters to our elected representatives at the very least remind them that their opposition is not simply going to give up and accept the atrocities they commit in our names. the following is the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget Those Who Die For Canada’s Economy

Although the following video was made to protect B.C. workers, perhaps it could be included as a warning to all the unprotected workers who are exposed to the asbestos that Stephen Harper refuses to stop exporting to countries such as India, insisting that it is safe if handled properly, conveniently ignoring the fact that he ...

Politics and its Discontents: My New Anti-Asbestos T-Shirt

Obsessed and outraged as I am over the Harper government’s ongoing sowing of death and disease through the export of asbestos to countries such as India, and inspired by the example of Michaela Keyserlingk in her efforts to promote a ban, despite the Conservative threat of a lawsuit against her, the other day I looked ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is This a ‘Goodbye Charlie Brown’ Moment?

Those with long enough memories will recall a famous confrontation that took place in 1986 between Brian Mulroney, then just nine months into his mandate, and Solange Denis, a senior citizen defiant in her resolve to hold the Prime Minister to account. At the time, Mulroney [made] a controversial decision to partly de-index pensions. At ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Asbestos Wars – My Respone To The Position Of My Conservative MP

Given Canada’s unconscionable ongoing export of death (i.e., asbestos) and given that it is back in the media spotlight thanks to the brave efforts of Michaela Keyserlingk, about whom I wrote a brief posting yesterday, now seems a propitious moment to post the response I wrote to my Member of Parliament, David Sweet, on June ...

Politics and its Discontents: Asbestos – Part 2

I suspect you have to be of a certain age to appreciate the allusive wit of Graeme McKay’s editorial cartoon in today’s Spectator. Enjoy! Recommend this Post