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Political opposition to asbestos mining in Quebec rises
Political opposition to asbestos mining in Quebec rises
The Quebec government's decision to offer a loan to investors that will revitalize the Jeffrey asbestos mine in the town of Asbestos has created significant backlash from both health groups and politicians across the globe.

In Quebec itself, the opposition to the decision is mounting, as Francois Legault, the leader of the new right-wing party Coalition avenir Quebec (CAQ), said recently that he believes the mining in Quebec should be stopped.

According to Right On Canada, Legault explained that the substantial scientific evidence is sufficient to indicate that there is a real danger of mining the carcinogenic substance. The risks of exposure include the development of serious diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer that attacks the tissues surrounding a majority of the body's internal organs.

Legault's move to oppose asbestos mining in Quebec comes after the left-wing Quebec Solidaire party was the first to call for the banning of asbestos mining, while offering an economic diversification plan to aid the town in the transition, according to the news source.

Election season is poised to have a major impact on the asbestos issue in Canada, with votes set to be cast on September 4, the news source said. 

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