It's hard to believe, but the Harper government, dedicated to ever
greater integration of Canada into the US, wants to "harmonize" the
types and levels of pesticide residue allowed on fruits and
vegetables and in dairy products with those of the US and Mexico.
It's part of plans being made behind closed doors to streamline
Canadian standards with often lower U.S. standards, instead of
improving our standards to those adopted by the European Union.
Our government apparently sees regulations to protect public health
as a "free trade irritant."
And pesticides are just the beginning. Some 300 regulatory regimes
are going through the same race-to-the- bottom process under the
auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership - so-called "deep
integration" - signed by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
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right now urging him to put the health of people and the environment
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