New Democrat MP Pat Martin has introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons that would impose a national ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns, gardens and in parks.
Martin, a member from Winnipeg, says his bill would ban the use of pesticides until there is scientific evidence they are safe. The bill would take effect on Earth Day, April 22, next year if it's approved by the Commons. Private members' bills are rarely passed, however.
Martin says he wants to force manufacturers to prove that their products are safe.