Here's a head-scratcher. The federal government gives itself new powers to deal with unsafe consumer products but then cuts the number of safety tests it does by more than half.
I know. It makes no sense to me, either.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq tabled figures in the Commons this week that showed her department carried out 269 tests in their product-safety labs in 2011-12, compared with 627 two years earlier, Postmedia News reported.
Annual inspections also dropped to fewer than 5,000, compared with more than 12,050 in 2009-10. The average number of inspections per inspector dropped to an estimated 60 from 121.
The Conservative government's new Consumer Product Safety Act came into effect in June 2011, giving Aglukkaq the power to remove dangerous consumer products from store shelves without delay, Postmedia reported.
The minister, who provided the data in response to a question by NDP consumer-protection critic Glen Thibeault, said the department's new tracking system does notRead More »from After passing tough new consumer product safety law, Health Canada doing less product testing