Canadian Pro-Asbestos Lobby Group to Have Federal Funding Dropped

While Canada still refuses to take a hard-line stance against the asbestos industry or the use/exporting of its products, a change in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year may be a step in the right direction towards more significant moves down the line.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the spending estimates for the upcoming 2011-2012 budget do not include federal funding for The Chrysotile Institute, a pro-asbestos lobbyist that has been functioning since 1984. Among the Institute’s objectives listed on its website is a pledge to “promote the adoption and application of appropriate prevention and control measures, regulations, standards, work practices and techniques for the safe use of chrysotile.” Chrysotile is a newer name for white asbestos, the inhalation of which has been documented as a cause of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

In the current budget, which ends on March 31, the Quebec-based Institute is receiving $250,000 in federal funding.

The decision to cut funding came one month after 24 separate health organizations wrote to Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urging him to cut federal funding to all pro-asbestos groups. With the money currently being given to the groups, the organizations requested that it be used to create a timetable that would phase out asbestos use and exporting, create a public registry listing buildings that contain asbestos, and help families affected by asbestos exposure, among other things.

“Chrysotile asbestos is the only form of asbestos sold today and, like all forms of asbestos, it is known to cause cancer and other disease,” the cancer society said,” read a portion of the note written by the Canadian Cancer Society, according to the Citizen.

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