• Kirk Hartley

Politics, Canada and Asbestos – A Reminder That Lawyers Can Make Things Worse

The debate and acrimony continue on in Canada as to exporting asbestos, as illustrated by this new NYT guest editorial from the friend of a man who died of mesothelioma created by a Navy exposure. According to the story, the Canadian Tories had the bad judgment to have a lawyer write and complain when the widow used the party’s logo on her website arguing against the Tories’ support for continuing export of asbestos fibers. The lawyer’s letter of course was turned back against the party by the widow, and produced a small firestorm of bad publicity for the party. A timely reminder that lawyers can worsen a touchy situation by failing to "get" the big picture.


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