That's right. I'd like a recorded division for each of the clauses amending the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act.
We received a letter signed by Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff. In the letter forwarded to all committee members, some extremely important issues were brought to the committee's attention. They concern the proposed measures to relax—which I think is the right term—the true copy requirement set out in the Hazardous Products Act. Suppliers of hazardous products are required to always prepare and maintain a document containing a true copy of the label affixed to the product, and that information must be made available to all workers who come into contact with the product so that they know how to respond in the event of an incident or it emerges that the product could be associated with certain illnesses. The purpose is to have all the necessary information to ensure the safety of workers.
According to the letter, the industry lobbied the government, and, clearly, the companies that lobbied, in relation to these hazardous products, won out because they got their way. In other words, the requirement was relaxed. The companies found the requirement to be cost-prohibitive. The Canadian Labour Congress submitted that, even if that were the case, it would be a small price to pay to keep workers exposed to these hazardous products safe in the workplace.
Mr. Yussuff also mentioned in his letter that having to keep a document containing a true copy of the product label for a period of six years was not an onerous requirement for suppliers. He indicated that the requirement ensured essential information was available should workers fall ill after being exposed to a hazardous product.
In fact, because numerous occupational illnesses may not manifest for a long time, the time frame for the keeping of labels should be significantly extended. The Canadian Labour Congress is in favour of keeping the current requirement and is therefore opposed to the proposed changes.
I would like a recorded division on this because it would clearly show where members around the table fall on the issue. Are they on the side of workers, or do they support the hazardous products industry and its demands? Will they agree with the Canadian Labour Congress and support the safety and protection of Canadians in the workplace?
For that reason, I would like a recorded division.