PM defends his support of asbestos

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PM defends his support of asbestos industry

Prime Minister Stephen Harper used his stop in Asbestos, Que. Tuesday to trumpet his government’s support for the much-maligned asbestos mining industry that the community is built on.

“The only party that defends the chrysotile industry is our party; the Conservative party,” Harper said in French, using the term for white asbestos that industry supporters prefer.

“Canada is becoming known as an immoral asbestos pusher and as an enemy of global public health. This is not the role Canadians want to play in the world,” she said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a campaign stop in Asbestos, Que., about 150 kilometres east of Montreal, Tuesday April 26, 2011.

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