Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to attempt to correct an improper impression left by the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) related to an issue I raised in the House last Wednesday concerning a potential health hazard to all Canadians. Canadians have a
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right to know that a health hazard exists because of a waste disposal problem at Pearson International Airport.
In her statement to the House on Thursday, August 18, the Hon. Member for Hamilton East jumped to the conclusion that I had accused the City of Hamilton of creating a potential health hazard at Pearson International Airport. An examination of my comments in Hansard will prove otherwise.
The Hon. Member for Hamilton East attempted to turn this into a "we versus they" or a "Toronto versus Hamilton" issue, which it is not. The Hon. Member for Hamilton East attempted to turn it into a garbage issue, which it is not. It is a health issue. We are dealing with a potentially serious health hazard which could have ramifications for the people of Canada and animals, particularly cattle, if it is not dealt with expeditiously.
I would like to state for the record that Pearson International Airport is not within the boundaries of the City of Toronto, as the Hon. Member suggested. It is an international airport in the great city of Mississauga and one, if not the major, gateway to Canada.
I have concern when an issue involving public health and safety in Canada is attempted to be brought down to the level of partisan politics. International garbage is coming into Canada from countries where foot and mouth disease is a very serious concern. In 1952, a foot and mouth epidemic was started by a single piece of sausage. Today a sea-gull could pick up a similarly tainted piece of meat and fly to the City of Hamilton.
Unlike the Hon. Member, I have taken the time to research the background and-
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