Policies

E-14

Environmental Impacts on Human Health

Moved by National Women’s Liberal Commission

WHEREAS some of the tens of thousands of chemicals (many of which are cancer causing) used for several decades in industrial processes and the production of consumer goods now contaminate our air, water, soil, food, and homes, and they are linked to increasing incidences of chronic diseases, such as autism, childhood asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anaphylactic food allergies, eczema, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, etc;

WHEREAS recently, new technologies have developed rapidly, such as those that create genetically modified organisms and nanoparticles which are being released into the atmosphere and used in the production of consumer goods;

WHEREAS there have been few independent, peer-reviewed studies and no transparent, inclusive, in-depth discussion of possible environmental and health impacts of these substances and technologies;

WHEREAS protection of human health and the environment requires rigorous application of the Precautionary Principle;

WHEREAS despite the 2009 adoption as Party policy of a resolution calling for a Royal Commission on the Environment and Health, these issues are not addressed in either the 2015 LPC platform or the Ministerial Mandate Letters;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to apply the Precautionary Principle, which protects public health and the environment from uncertain risks, to the regulation of industrial processes and the production, distribution, and availability of consumer goods in Canada;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to initiate a process, including public hearings that will examine all aspects of the environmental and health impacts of industrial activity in Canada, and make recommendations to be implemented in the public interest accordingly.