At the same time that they are cutting funding from womens’ groups and aboriginal healing programs, the Harper Conservatives see fit to give $250,000 of taxpayer money to the Chrysotile Institute (formerly called the Asbestos Institute), a group that promotes the use of asbestos in developing countries.
Health authorities say the Chrysotile Institute’s information is dangerous and false and will lead to an epidemic of asbestos disease and death in the developing countries where asbestos is being promoted.
The Institute counters that the position of the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization is “wacko.”
Unfortunately, at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources meeting yesterday, not a single member of the Committee would support NDP Member of Parliament Pat Martin’s motion to cut the $250,000 in funding for the Chrysotile Institute. The Liberal MPs on the committee offered no support and stayed silent, eventually walking out of the room so that there was no longer a quorum.
At today’s meeting of the committee Pat Martin’s move to reduce the natural resources budget by $250,000 (the amount earmarked for the Chrysotile Institute) was rejected by all members of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, except for its one NDP member, Nathan Cullen.
The Conservative members of that committee are: Leon Benoit, Mike Allen, David Anderson, Richard M Harris, Russ Hiebert, and Devinder Shory.
The Liberal members are: Geoff Regan, Alan Tonks, and Navdeep Bains.
Bloc MPs are: Paule Brunelle and Claude Guimond