Government Dragging It’s Feet After House Adopts NDP Motion Unanimously

[OTTAWA] Brian Masse NDP MP (Windsor West) and Official Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes and Meagan Leslie NDP MP (Halifax) and Official Opposition Critic for the Environment are calling on the Harper government to live up to their commitment to act to address the microbead crisis.  Several weeks after unanimously passing an NDP motion in the House of Commons to address the environmental impact of microbeads the Harper Government refuses to take any action to address this crisis whatsoever.  The NDP motion passed the House with all party support and offers specific, immediate and proscriptive measures to proceed.


Masse and Leslie are demanding that the Harper government live up to its clearly articulated commitment: “Our motion handed the government a way forward to address the microbead crisis and passed the House unanimously.  Notwithstanding the fact that Harper is once again displaying his contempt for Parliament as an institution he is allowing a serious environmental problem to fester.”  Masse said.


The NDP developed their motion in conjunction with environmental organizations, industry groups and scientists.  The motion brought forward by the NDP reflects a consensus developed through broad-based and thorough consultation.


Masse added: “It’s a shocking lack of stewardship since there is nothing standing in the way of the government moving forward immediately.  Harper has industry support, NGO support, all party support and literally volumes of credible research to substantiate immediate and decisive action.  The only thing standing in the way of a science based widely accepted remedy to this problem is the Harper Government despite its expressly stated intent to immediately act.”


Joining Masse and Leslie today in the National Press Theatre was Tyler Doose who gathered over 40 000 signatures through an online petition that can be found online at:




See below a copy of the NDP motion tabled and unanimously passed March 24th:


Ms. Leslie (Halifax) — That, in the opinion of the House, microbeads in consumer products entering the environment could have serious harmful effects, and therefore the government should take immediate measures to add microbeads to the list of toxic substances managed by the government under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.