Politi­cians fum­ble pes­ti­cides file

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Is­lan­ders prob­a­bly noted the City of Char­lot­te­town re­jected a cos­metic pes­ti­cide ban and sent the is­sue back to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. There was a lot of heated dis­cus­sion both pro and con. Cer­tainly these can­cer caus­ing pes­ti­cides need to be banned, but how can a sin­gle city, town or vil­lage en­force such a law?

To make such a law work it needs to be is­land wide and uni­form. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment must ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity and stop pass­ing the buck. While the City of Char­lot­te­town could prob­a­bly en­force this law many smaller towns and vil­lages just do not have the re­sources. I lis­tened to the pro­vin­cial en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter talk last night, he claims the gov­ern­ment is al­low­ing com­mu­ni­ties to make their own de­ci­sions re­gard­ing cos­metic poi­sons.

He uses the latest politi­cian buzz words ‘mov­ing for­ward,’ when he is ac­tu­ally mov­ing back­ward. The fear these politi­cians have, is of­fend­ing the big potato cor­po­ra­tions like the Irv­ings when they talk about ban­ning pes­ti­cides. How­ever they also play the blame game. For ex­am­ple if a prod­uct is ap­proved by Health Canada then it must be OK and safe to use here. Off the shelf pes­ti­cide prod­ucts are reg­u­lated by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment so they could ban items such as “Round Up” if they choose too. The Ghiz gov­ern­ment passed this law back to the com­mu­ni­ties to han­dle, that’s prob­a­bly called mov­ing for­ward. Now the MacLauch­lan gov­ern­ment is do­ing the same thing.

The sim­ple so­lu­tion is for the gov­ern­ment to ban all cos­metic pes­ti­cides and re­move dan­ger­ous prod­ucts from the stores that sell them. It seems politi­cians al­ways place busi­ness and profit ahead of the health of our chil­dren. No one is mov­ing, not for­ward, not side­ways, not up or down, just the usual stag­nant poli­cies of old. F. Ben Rodgers, Abram-Vil­lage

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