The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien
Prime Minister of Canada
Rm 309-S, Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A OA6
Dear Mr. Chrétien,
I am writing to you now to ask that you make the Jennings pesticide bill (C-267) a government bill as soon as possible.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development has recommended that cosmetic pesticide use be abandoned in Canada. Our organization has recommended this and much more in a Position Statement on Synthetic Pesticides, the full text of which is available on our website (www.cape.ca). A growing number of experts in this country and world-wide demand this step be taken in the name of scientific caution and humane concern for future generations. The work of Dr. Elizabeth Guillette, showing the horrifying neurotoxic effects of pesticides on children, has been seen by tens of thousands of Canadians on the CBC TV series, The Nature of Things. Halifax has declared an end to cosmetic pesticide use by 2004, and other major Canadian urban centres are preparing to follow suit. The Supreme Court of Canada is currently studying a suit, which could allow ALL municipalities to regulate pesticide use within their boundaries.
In the face of this flood of interest and evidence-based, widely disseminated documentation of the adverse effects of chemical pesticides, I ask you to take a position of leadership – a position that will ensure your place in history as a farsighted and courageous leader – and move to ensure the passage of Bill C-267 by making it the government’s own.
Thank your very much for your consideration of this matter. I look forward to a reply at your earliest convenience.
Warren Bell MD