Addressing plastic pollution in our aquatic environments cannot wait. After Gord Johns’ motion (M 151) for a national strategy to combat ocean pollution passed unanimously in 2018, the Liberal government promised to ban single use plastics by the end of 2021.
Now, however, the government is dragging its feet on the full implementation of the strategy. The original target date of 2021 for a ban of single-use plastics has now been deferred until the end of 2023 and is limited to only six products, which accounts for less than 1 percent of plastics. Some of the most commonly found garbage on our beaches and in our oceans, like coffee cups, cigarette butts, and produce bags will not be included in the ban.
Gord Johns and the NDP are calling on the government to expand the range of single-use plastics included in the ban, and to accelerate its implementation.
We must do more to protect our coastlines and waterways.
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