moved for leave to introduce Bill C-408, An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Jeanne-Le Ber for seconding this bill.
The act, in ensuring that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances, ensures that when Canadian families are buying products containing toxic substances they know what kinds of toxic substances are in those products. We would think that would be a very simple proposition. Of course many other countries, including European ones and the United States, have already adopted this type of legislation, but in Canada we do not have this protection for Canadian families.
The bill takes very simple lists of toxic substances established by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California EPA, the United States' National Toxicology Program, and the European Chemicals Agency and ensures that these substances are put on the labels of products available in Canada.
It is very simple. It is a fact. Canadians have the right to know when toxic ingredients are in the products they buy.
I would like to conclude by saying that both Toxic Free Canada and Option consommateurs in Quebec have endorsed this particular bill.
We hope it will get support from both sides of the House so that Canadians will finally know what substances are in the products they buy.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)