Toronto – Environmental Defence applauded the Senate today for voting down amendments that would have gutted the proposed Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Bill C-6), and is now calling on the Senate to approve the unamended bill before the holidays.
“A huge thank you to those Senators from all parties who stood up for children’s health and safety today,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “As we enter the busiest shopping season of the year, the Senate could send a fantastic and timely message if it now expedited adoption of this critical new product safety law before Parliament’s holiday recess.”
The proposed Act was passed unanimously by the House of Commons last June, but has stalled in the Senate. The Social Affairs Committee, charged with reviewing the bill, recently put forth significant amendments that would have made the bill useless in protecting children’s health and safety from defective or dangerous products. There are more than 18,000 annual emergency room visits for children as a result of product-related injuries. Toxic substances, such as lead and phthalates, continue to be found in products available on Canadian shelves.
A number of citizen groups, including Safe Kids Canada, Option Consommateurs, Environmental Defence, and others have appeared in front of the Senate in support of the original bill passed by MPs.
“Canadians can be proud of our Senators for putting children’s safety ahead of the interests of industry today. We hope this good sense again prevails when the whole Bill comes before the Senate for a final vote,” said Smith.
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research solutions. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada’s contribution to climate change.
 
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