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Monday, 10 September, 2007

Ontario's toxic politicians

The leaders of the major political parties in Ontario are , reports Environmental Defence.

John Tory (pictured right) is the most polluted, with 44 substances present in his body. Howard Hampton (left) came in second with 42, and Dalton McGuinty (centre) had 41. The Canadian Press collected the :

"I'm confident, based on discussions I've had, that people living in northern Ontario - who think the air would be pristine and subject to far fewer smog days - also have toxins in their blood," McGuinty said.

"I don't think you can live in an industrialized environment at the beginning of the 21st century and not have ingested, in one form or another, toxins."

Experts tested the politicians for 70 pollutants and detected 46, including many that are associated with cancer, developmental problems, respiratory illnesses, nervous system damage and hormone disruption.

"This is a very stark lesson to everyone that, no matter who you are, where you live or what you do, toxins are in all of us," Tory said in a statement.

Hampton commended Environmental Defence for its research and said he was "alarmed" by his results.

"It makes me concerned about the health of everyone else in Ontario," he said in a statement.
You can read the at the Environmental Defence website (PDF).

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