Toxic Substances Labelling Act

An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

Sponsor

Peter Julian  NDP

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

Status

Not active, as of May 29, 2008
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment prohibits the sale, importation or advertisement of any product that contains a toxic substance or produces a toxic substance when used unless that product has applied to it a label warning of the potential exposure to the toxic substance on one or more surfaces of the packaging of the product.

Elsewhere

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Toxic Substances Labelling ActRoutine Proceedings

May 29th, 2008 / 10:05 a.m.
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NDP

Peter Julian NDP Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-553, An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances.

Mr. Speaker, this is long-awaited, right to know legislation. As we know, 95% of Canadians, in poll after poll, have indicated that they believe they should have the right to know when there are toxic and cancer causing substances in the products they buy.

California and Europe already have right to know legislation so people are well aware when there are toxic and cancer causing substances that exist in the products they buy. Canadians believe, profoundly, that they should have the right to know when there are toxic substances in the products they buy. The NDP, by putting forward this legislation, is providing them with that right to know.

I should mention that this legislation has been prepared with the help of Mae Burrows and Toxic Free Canada and has the support of Option consommateurs and the Canadian Cancer Society.

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