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e-3847 (Environment)

Initiated by Louis Ramirez from Montreal, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The G&R Recycling facility in Kanesatake, Quebec, has been reported to contain toxic waste without permits or precautions to prevent spillage into the environment;
  • Health experts cited in the Toronto Star identify this waste as a threat to human health and environmental watchdog groups warn that these toxins may eventually taint waterways that affect the lives of millions of citizens;
  • Sadly, the G&R site is not an isolated incident;
  • Throughout our country, there is a shameful legacy of unregulated and dangerous waste sites allowed to operate on Indigenous lands and adjacent to the homes of Canada's racialized populations;
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a national priority, and a growing consensus is building around the need to act on environmental racism; and
  • Strong policies and the political will to act on them are needed to prevent future sites similar to G&R from harming the health and well-being of coming generations of Indigenous and racialized citizens.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Mobilize the vast resources of the federal government to immediately secure and decontaminate the G&R Recycling facility in Kanesatake and others like it; and
2. Put forward concrete plans to enact the measures addressing systemic environmental racism as proposed in former Bill C-230.
Open for signature
February 17, 2022, at 4:01 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 17, 2022, at 4:01 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alexandre Boulerice
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus