Friday, July 30, 2010

Quick! Someone show these guys some polling data...

Ignatieff's proposed asbestos ban may have killed deal

A mining company says Michael Ignatieff might be responsible for stalling the reopening of one of Canada's last asbestos mines.

The Jeffrey Mine says it had a Chinese investor lined up and willing to invest $40 million, but that its would-be partner became scared over comments from the Liberal leader.

Ignatieff has called for a ban on exports of the potentially deadly substance. His spokesman, however, expressed skepticism Thursday that the Liberal leader's remarks might have torpedoed the deal.


"A week after Mr. Ignatieff's comments, they started questioning me, saying, 'What happens if we decide to invest in you and Mr. Ignatieff becomes prime minister and decides to stop production of chrysotile asbestos?"'

I too, am skeptical that Ignatieff killed this deal, but if he did...well, then, good for him. It's unconscionable to export a product we won't use here for safety reasons when we know it's killing millions of people in the developing world.

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  • Good news. Anybody that would want to promote the export of asbestos is nuts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:56 AM  

  • So, in other words, they became spooked that the deadly product in which they were investing oodles of dollars might become illegal at some point . . . because, hey, it kills people.

    So, are they blaming Ignatieff for pointing that out? If so, the Liberals really ought to consider an ad run on the matter.

    . . . "and when Michael Ignatieff spoke, lives were saved . . ."

    You get the drift ;).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 AM  

  • A good article on asbestos promotion here

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 AM  

  • I agree Dan - I'm dubious, but if so, good for him.

    By Anonymous JBG, at 11:57 AM  

  • The Chinese should pay more attention to what is said in parliamentary committees than on bus tours:

    OTTAWA -- Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin accused the Liberals of being "spineless" Tuesday when three of that party's MPs voted against Martin's motion to cut funding to the asbestos industry.
    Martin moved a motion at the natural resources committee of the House of Commons to eliminate the $250,000 annual funding Canada gives to the Chrysotile Institute, a Quebec-based advocacy group for the asbestos industry in Canada.

    However, none of the other parties supported his motion and it was defeated.

    By Blogger wilson, at 11:45 PM  

  • I would have liked Iggy to actually take credit for killing the deal. Sort of a "damn straight I'm gonna be PM and that's why the deal died".

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 10:33 PM  

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