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e-4351 (Public safety)

Initiated by lavinia rojas from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Authorization Guidelines for Consumer and Display Fireworks, was revised by U.S. scientists, and found that in “2.3.3 List of Chemicals Normally Precluding Authorization - The following chemicals are normally not allowed in fireworks”, the wording “normally” is wrong. Lead, chromium, arsenic, and carcinogens should never be allowed;
  • The chemical analysis is worrisome: 0.5% of the total weight of a consumer display could be lead or arsenic. That weight includes the casing and everything. That much lead or arsenic in the generated aerosol would be toxic to inhale;
  • Dr. Terry Gordon, a professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Division of Environmental Medicine, states that although people are only exposed to these substances for a short time each year, they are much more toxic than the pollutants we breathe every day”;
  • A study by the Canadian Environmental Law Association and the Ontario College of Family Physicians states that the surface has only been scratched in understanding how detrimental toxic environmental it is;
  • The federal government has the constitutional authority to control air pollution, primarily through its powers to protect public health and safety and to regulate transboundary effect;
  • Supplying financial support to provinces to buy fireworks harm the environment; and
  • Animal organizations already stressed financially receive a big amount of hurt animals. International Protection for Animals reported too many injuries to animals and birds due to fireworks.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to support the replacement of fireworks for light displays.
Open for signature
March 16, 2023, at 2:43 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 14, 2023, at 2:43 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Laurel Collins (Victoria)
February 5, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02083)
Photo - Laurel Collins
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia