Canada has long been the world's largest exporter of chrysotile asbestos, which accounts for more than 90% of the asbestos historically used in the United States.
The Canadian government continues to claim that chrysotile asbestos is safe.
Now Canadian cancer experts are taking a stand against this long held government policy which seeks to protect the prized, but deadly, mineral and the profits it brings to Canadian mines and manufacturers.
The Canadian Cancer Society is now calling for an asbestos ban.
According to this Canada.com article: "The society believes that exposure to asbestos must stop so that asbestos-related diseases can be eliminated," Barbara Whylie, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, said in a written statement.
In response, Pat Martin, an MP and former asbestos worker was quoted as saying:
"....it was high time a group as credible as the Canadian Cancer Society 'debunked the myth' that chrysotile asbestos is safer than other types of asbestos."
It is refreshing to see an influential group like the Canadian Cancer Society challenge the Canadian government's irresponsible position that has caused tens of thousands of workers in Canada and the United States to develop mesothelioma and asbestos cancer.
The same propaganda put out by the Canadian government is adopted by American corporations who seek to avoid responsibility for compensating asbestos victims.
Chrysotile asbestos accounts for nearly all the asbestos ever used in the United States and is the greatest contributor to malignant mesothelioma in this country.