Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Proposed legislation to curtail cosmetic use of pesticides

Dear Saanich South,

I’m proud to say that the Official Opposition is again bringing forward legislation to curtail the cosmetic use of pesticides in BC. I know many people share my concern about the effects of toxic chemicals on the health of our children and the environment.

In fact, there is overwhelming public support and sufficient scientific evidence about the associated environmental and human health risks from the chemicals contained in household pesticides for the provincial government to take action.

Clearly toxic pesticides should not be used where children play. There are viable non-synthetic alternatives to cosmetic pesticides that are widely available to consumers.

The Bill introduced today is consistent with legislation that exists in six other Canadian provinces and legislative reforms urged by the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Toxic Free Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
Although the government is unlikely to support this Bill, it does demonstrate clearly the perspective and priority of the Official Opposition.