Nobody’s talking about Canada’s toxic trade
Sep 11th, 2008 | By Patrick Hebert
Prime Minister Harper said in a recent TV ad that “Canada has to stand for something” and I completely agree. As he says, we should contribute “meaningfully to global security and humanitarian development.”
Unfortunately, talk is cheap and Canada’s foreign policy on the export of hazardous waste is anything but humanitarian.
Our nation’s policy is based purely on cold, calculated economics which dictate that it is cheaper to process hazardous wastes – including toxic computers and televisions – in developing nations. While the provinces are attempting to deal with toxic waste domestically, Canada’s federal government has continuously argued that exporting hazardous materials to the third world for recycling is an important contributor to our economy.
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