An Act to amend the Pest Control Products Act (prohibition of the use of chemical pesticides for non-essential purposes)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.

Sponsor

Denise Savoie  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of April 23, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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The purpose of this enactment is to place a moratorium on the cosmetic use of chemical pesticides in the home and garden, on recreational facilities such as parks and golf courses, and near water, until scientific and medical evidence showing that such use is safe has been presented to Parliament and confirmed in a report prepared by a parliamentary committee.

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Pest Control Products Act
Routine Proceedings

April 23rd, 2009 / 10:10 a.m.
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NDP

Denise Savoie Victoria, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-368, An Act to amend the Pest Control Products Act (prohibition of the use of chemical pesticides for non-essential purposes).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased this morning to introduce legislation that would establish a federal moratorium on the use of cosmetic pesticides as of Earth Day 2010.

The moratorium would apply to the non-essential use of chemical pesticides in homes, gardens or hospitals, within 100 metres of waterways and on recreational facilities, such as parks and schoolyards where kids play, and on golf courses. It would be in place for all chemical pesticides until medical evidence of the given product's safety has been presented to Parliament and approved by a parliamentary committee.

When it comes to the health of Canadians and our children, the onus of proof should not be on the public to prove the products are dangerous but on producers to prove they are safe.

The bill was inspired by the extraordinary work of Victoria's Pesticide-Free CRD movement that advocates the reduction of pesticide use. I encourage it to keep up its efforts as we move in that direction.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)