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e-2877 (Environment)

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Part 6 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 on “animate products of biotechnology” is the main legislation to prevent genetic pollution of our ecosystems;
  • Canada was the first country in the world to allow the commercial production of a genetically modified (GM) animal and Canadians were the first consumers without their knowledge;
  • The rights of Indigenous peoples must be respected as genetic contamination can have serious consequences on their self-determination; and
  • Transparency in the approval of new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is still lacking in Canada as the science the government relies on is not accessible and mandatory labelling of GMOs is not in place.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to modernize Part 6 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including:
1. Reform of the CEPA to harmonize it with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
2. Reverse onus: prohibit the development, manufacture, import or use of a living organism until it has been demonstrated that it can be used safely;
3. Mandatory labelling of food and consumer products that contain GM organisms; and
4. Transparent processes: meaningful public participation and full disclosure of the scientific studies on which assessments are based.
Open for signature
October 15, 2020, at 6:34 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2021, at 6:34 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Monique Pauzé
Repentigny
Bloc Québécois Caucus
Quebec
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