Mr. Speaker, the tragedy in Bhopal stresses the urgent need for all levels of Government in Canada urgently to enforce and, where necessary, implement new safety measures to ensure that this will never occur in Canada.
First, the Government of Canada should produce a public map showing the location and quantity of all lethal gases stored in Canada.
Second, by way of close co-operation, the federal Government should seek from the responsible provincial agencies the assurance that inspections of these locations are carried out by qualified people, that valves and control equipment are in top condition at all times, and that adequate buffer zones surround new installations.
Third, the federal Government should immediately review the existing regulations governing the transportation of hazardous substances.
Fourth, the transportation of hazardous and lethal substances should be rerouted away from urban areas.
Fifth, trains transporting hazardous material should not be permitted to stop on sidings in populated areas.
Sixth, for the long term, the federal Government should initiate a study that would determine to what extent lethal substances, be they pesticides, manufacturing goods, et cetera, are essential to our economy and civilization, search for nontoxic means of accomplishing these same ends, and promote the fledgling use of non-toxic biological products.
Seventh, in co-operation with the Provinces and municipalities-
Subtopic: HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic: STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION