At the Canadian Federation University Women’s 2010 AGM we adopted a policy resolution calling on the Government of Canada to ban the mining, use and export of chrysotile asbestos. Despite several attempts on the part of CFUW National, and many leading health associations, the Government of Canada has not yet been persuaded to ban asbestos. With more information available about the dangers of chrysotile asbestos we need to expand our efforts by placing pressure on individual Members of Parliament belonging to the governing party (i.e Conservatives) and the Bloc Quebecois. Members of the NDP, Liberals and Green Party have already demonstrated that they support instituting a ban, as was evidenced on November 1, 2012, with a 152-123 vote on a motion to ban the use and export of asbestos.
Members of Parliament respond to contact from their constituents. We encourage Presidents of CFUW Clubs across Canada to contact their MPs by letter, email, telephone, personal visit or social media to enlist their support. Individuals can contact their MPs without speaking for CFUW, and invite their friends to do so as well. Contact information for MPs can be found at http://canada.gc.ca/home.html. Click on ‘Members of Parliament’ and enter ‘members by postal code’ as a search.
Below are a number of resources you can use to inform yourself, your club, your community and your MP about why Canada must ban asbestos now:
- Full Campaign Package in .doc and pdf formats (Includes background information and instructions on how to use the handout, template letters for clubs and individuals, and template press release)
- Background Information in doc. and in pdf
- Handout for MPs and Public
- Template Letter for Club Presidents
- Template Letter for Individuals
- Template Press Release