Asian anti-asbestos delegation headed to Quebec
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, November 28, 2010 7:00PM EST
MONTREAL - A group of activists from Asia will descend on Quebec next month to warn the government about the health hazards of asbestos.
The delegation, which includes asbestos victims and union representatives, has sent a letter to Premier Jean Charest urging him not to provide financing for the Jeffrey mine in the town of Asbestos.
Government financing would allow the mine to expand underground operations, extending its life for another 25 years and saving hundreds of jobs.
A consortium has offered to purchase the mine outright, but to get the project started it's asking for a $58-million loan guarantee from the province.
The activists say Quebec's Liberal government is glossing over scientific evidence that shows chrysotile asbestos is dangerous.
They've requested a sit-down meeting with Charest in early December.