Quietly and without a great deal of public debate, Bill C-36 — called the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act — became law this week. And, at least on the surface, the legislation seems to be something no one would have any issue with; after all, everyone wants to buy things that won’t hurt us or make us ill.
However, Canada already has solid legislation — including the Hazardous Product Act that’s backed up by hefty fines and jail time for offenders — to ensure that products are safe and won’t find their way into the marketplace if they are harmful.
And the government already has the power to step in and ban a product that’s deemed dangerous to health and safety, and inspectors can search and seize products with a warrant. For example, two years, ago Ottawa declared the widely used chemical bisphenol A toxic and unsuitable for use in baby bottles.
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