Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives recognize that plastic pollution is a real problem that needs to be addressed.
Justin Trudeau has had three and a half years to come up with a real plan for the environment. Instead of real action, Justin Trudeau has always been more interested in chasing headlines and jet-setting to international photo-ops with celebrity friends.
What Justin Trudeau announced today is nothing more than a cynical re-election gimmick which will do nothing to reduce plastic waste and clean up litter in our parks and waterways.
Today’s announcement leaves Canadians with more questions than answers. Here are five things we still don’t know:
1) How much will this cost Canadians?
Whether it’s the local grocer or the family restaurant, small businesses use plastics to offer affordable options to customers. Whether it’s a picnic or a backyard barbeque, families depend on affordable plastic products as they spend quality time together in the summer months.
Regardless of the details of Justin Trudeau’s announcement, it will be responsible Canadians who will pay the price of this cynical re-election scheme. The people deserve to know exactly how much this will cost families and job-creators.
2) What about China and the developing world?
Global problems require global solutions. Going after responsible Canadian consumers while ignoring the real problems that are happening around the world will do nothing to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans.
Here are some cold-hard facts that Justin Trudeau seems to be forgetting as he announces this cynical re-election scheme:
• The majority of all ocean plastics is coming from the developing world: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-truth-about-ocean-plastic-why-straw-bans-are-not-the-earth-saving-milestone-you-might-think
• A 2017 Ocean Conservancy report concluded that 60 per cent of the world’s ocean plastic pollution could be traced to just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: https://oceanconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/full-report-stemming-the.pdf
• A 2017 study from Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research concluded that up to 95 per cent of the world’s ocean plastic was coming from 10 rivers: Eight in Asia and two in Africa: https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36336&webc_pm=34/2017
3) Why isn’t Justin Trudeau addressing the root of the problem – plastic waste recycling in Canada?
Canadians are responsible environmental stewards who want to take action close to home to build a better environment for their children and grandchildren.
Canadians want to dispose of their waste responsibly; however a report done earlier this year by Deloitte and ChemInfo Services found that in 2016 only 9 per cent of plastic waste was recycled in Canada, with 87 per cent ending up in landfills: https://www.taxpayer.com/media/En4-366-1-2019-eng.pdf
4) What is Justin Trudeau’s plan for the more than 90,000 Canadians employed in plastics manufacturing?
Between 2012 and 2017, plastics manufacturing became one of the fastest-growing sectors in the entire country. There are 93,000 people employed in the plastics industry in more than 1,900 companies based mainly in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta: https://www.taxpayer.com/media/En4-366-1-2019-eng.pdf
There are 93,000 Canadian families who depend on the plastics industry to keep their lights on and put food on their table.
5) When will Justin Trudeau stop sending Canada’s recycling to other countries to be burned?
Justin Trudeau has created global uncertainty after a number of Asian countries started rejecting Canada’s plastic waste, including China, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines: https://globalnews.ca/news/5199883/canada-recycling-programs/
Any announcement Justin Trudeau makes today, is nothing but a cynical re-election ploy if it doesn’t involve global conservations about the disposal of plastic waste in the developing world.