NDP SCORES A VICTORY TO PROTECT LAKES AND RIVERS FROM MICROBEAD POLLUTION

OTTAWA – Yersterday, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP for Beauharnois-Salaberry, delivered a speech to support the NDP motion to add microbeads to the list of toxic substances managed by the government under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

 “The best way to deal with pollution is to prevent it in the first place, said Anne Minh-Thu Quach. Eliminating microbeads from the products we use every day will better protect our rivers, our lake Saint-Louis and the Saint-Lawrence River.”

 Microbeads are small manufactured pieces of plastic which are used in consumer products like facial cleansers, shower gel and toothpaste. They have been found in high concentrations downstream of major cities and in the sediments of the St. Lawrence River. Several studies have pointed to serious potential health risks – especially for young children and pregnant women. They cause significant damage to our environment and can be extremely harmful to aquatic life.

 For the reasons mentioned above, we are pleased that Conservatives and Liberals have supported this NDP initiative. While the motion received unanimous support of all parties, New Democrats will remain vigilant to ensure that the Harper government respects the will of the House of Commons.