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Walkerton Mayor calls for public inquiry into Listeriosis outbreak

Same cast of characters, same cost-cutting and deregulation created deadly E coli outbreak.

Health Minister Tony Clement.by The Canadian Press

TORONTO, August 29, 2008 — The mayor of the Ontario farming town that was the scene of a deadly E coli disaster eight years ago is calling for a public inquiry into the ongoing Listeriosis outbreak.

Charlie Bagnato, mayor of Walkerton, Ont., says the federal government hasn't learned the lessons of his town's tainted-water tragedy in 2000, in which seven people died and thousands more fell ill after E coli was washed into the town's water supply.

Three current federal Conservative cabinet ministers — Tony Clement, John Baird and Jim Flaherty — were all members of the Ontario cabinet at the time of the Walkerton outbreak, Bagnato noted.

He said the Walkerton tragedy was a result of government deregulation and cost-cutting, and fears the federal Conservatives may be on the same trackĀ…

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  Mayor of Walkerton, ON, calls for public inquiry into listeriosis outbreak, The Canadian Press, August 29, 2008

Posted: September 04, 2008

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