Jeff Keele, CJOB, September 27, 2006
A Saskatchewan lawyer heading up a class action lawsuit against Ottawa is pleading with Manitobans who may have suffered from Agent Orange spraying.
The suit, claiming ill health affects because of the defoliant spraying 40 years ago, is proceeding in Manitoba. Lawyer Tony Merchant says they want victims of Agent Orange’s use to come forward and become part of the case by contacting his firm.
Merchant says they have already been in talks with a number of Manitoba plaintiffs. He stresses soldiers from Shilo were sent to CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, where the defoliant was used on the base.
Merchant estimates over 30 thousand Canadians were affected by the spraying. He is hoping to have the class-action certified by early 2007.