The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, confirmed in a press release that the Non-smokers Health Regulations was amended to ban smoking rooms in all federally-regulated workplaces, including banking, inter-provincial and international transportation, broadcasting, federal Crown Corporations, the federal public service, the House of Commons, the Senate and the Library of Parliament.
This is a lasting tribute to Heather Crowe, who passionately advocated for 100% smoke-free workplaces while dying from lung cancer as a result of her own exposure to second-hand smoke in her workplace.
The Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health also wishes to acknowledge Senator Mac Harb's support for this new federal law. On May 17, 2006, Senator Mac Harb tabled a Motion to Urge the Federal Government to Promote Smoke-Free Workplaces and Public Areas because federal government employees across Canada continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke at work. The Senate unanimously passed the Smoke-Free Canada motion on June 7, 2006 and it was this motion that passed to the House of Commons for debate.
Senator Mac Harb's Fact Sheet about a Smoke-Free Canada