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NEWS RELEASE · 5th May 2011
BC NDP
ED NOTE: Terrace City Council passed a bylaw banning cosmetic pesticide usage on April 11, 2011.

Law needed to keep cancerous chemicals away from children, says New Democrat critic

More than a year after New Democrats introduced legislation to ban toxic pesticides from everyday use, the B.C. Liberal government has failed to take any action to protect children from these cancer-causing substances, says New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.

"Last Earth Day we introduced legislation to ban the frivolous use of cosmetic pesticides but the B.C. Liberals refused to support it," said Dix. "More than 70 per cent of British Columbians support the phase-out of cosmetic pesticides. It's clear that this is another case where New Democrat values are mainstream values."

According to the Canadian Cancer Society there is a significant body of evidence suggesting that exposure to cosmetic pesticides increases the risk of developing cancers like leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, brain cancer, and lung cancer in both adults and children.

"More than 30 B.C. communities have passed by-laws restricting the use of cosmetic pesticides but municipalities don't have the legal power to take these water-polluting, cancer-causing products off of store shelves," said New Democrat Environment Critic Rob Fleming. "Christy Clark needs to tell British Columbians whether or not she intends to take immediate action to protect families from these cancer-causing chemicals."

Fleming noted that more than half of Canadian provinces have implemented some form of cosmetic pesticide ban, with Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia having strong legislation which protects children and the environment.

"New Democrats have introduced legislation to ban cosmetic pesticides twice, and both times the B.C. Liberals let it fall off the order paper," concludes Dix. "The B.C. Liberal government's failure to take action on this issue shows how out-of-step they are with the environmental values of British Columbians."