Toronto – Environmental Defence is disappointed by the Senate’s passage of an amended Bill C-6, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, at Third Reading today. This is despite last week’s Senate vote against amendments, and all Canadian political parties passing it in the House of Commons last June. It is also despite the European Union and the United States having similar laws already in place.
“This would have been a very valuable time to pass the unamended Bill given that we’re gearing up for the holiday season,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “Passing the original proposed Act would have been a great gift to Canadians, but now we’ll have to wait for this gift to arrive in the months or years to come.”
The current consumer product system is broken and needs fixing. 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.
The original proposed Act, passed unanimously by the House of Commons last June, would have given the government the ability to make mandatory product recalls and to order product safety tests. These measures, which
the European Union and United States already have in place, would have enabled the federal government to better protect Canadian’s health and safety.
A number of groups, including Safe Kids Canada, Option Consommateurs,
Environmental Defence, and others have appeared in front of the Senate
in an effort to get the proposed Act passed.
“The House of Commons should expedite adoption of the original Bill and send it back to the Senate again,” said Smith. “Canadians want and deserve the same protection that citizens of other nations have long enjoyed.”
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)