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ROBITAILLE: Trudeau’s ‘woke’ policy on plastics is a nightmare for Canadians

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By: Marc Robitaille

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With the stroke of a pen, the federal government has declared that all products manufactured from plastic are now toxic and subject to a manufacturing ban in Canada. The Prime Minister and his cabinet will now unilaterally decide which of these items will be banned in Canada.

This drastic, unprecedented and anti-democratic measure will have far-reaching consequences and is generating growing concern and opposition, not only from industry, but also from the provinces and the public. This decision is being challenged in court and the case is expected to be heard in the coming months.

If this action by the Trudeau government is maintained, any of the more than 10,000 products using plastic could be banned from the domestic market. Never mind that these items have been in use for years, often decades, studied by public and private agencies around the world and determined to be safe. So they are poisonous?

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If Trudeau gets his way, the biggest impacts will be felt in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, where most of the manufacturing facilities are concentrated, and in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which will suffer another blow to their oil and gas sectors as plastics are produced. from these resources. All Canadians, however, will feel the pain:

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– Some 370,000 Canadians depend on the plastics manufacturing industry for their livelihood. About 60,000 of those people now face unemployment following the first round of bans under the new regulations, and more job losses are expected as Ottawa decides which additional plastic products will be banned. in the future.

– With inflation already hovering around 5%, consumer prices will continue to exert upward pressure as various plastic products are withdrawn from the market. For example, 42% of all fresh produce is pre-packaged in plastic to prevent damage and extend shelf life, according to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. The loss of plastic packaging could lead to the loss and waste of half a million tonnes of food, costing the Canadian economy between $2.5 billion and $5 billion a year and driving up prices even further grocery stores.

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– Other products will also cost more as manufacturers and retailers are forced to replace plastics with other materials such as glass, steel, aluminum and paper. It will also lead to increased waste and pollution. A Franklin Associates study found that using plastics instead of alternatives reduced CO2 emissions by 15.8 million metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 3.3 million cars off the road.

– Canada is now the only country in the world to make the absurd decision to declare all products made of plastic toxic. This will disrupt our supply lines, lead to product shortages and undermine our business relationships. It also makes us vulnerable to USMCA and World Trade Organization challenges and retaliatory tariffs that will further fuel inflation and job losses here.

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Given the damage that will be caused by banning plastic products, why is Trudeau so down such a reckless path? Especially when less than 1% of all plastics are thrown away in Canada. Never mind that waste management is an area of ​​provincial jurisdiction, where progress has been made through their collaboration with the federal government, making decisions informed by science and data. Suddenly this is a politically motivated federal concern?

One can only conclude that he is so desperate to appear “woke” that he is ready to close his eyes to the facts.

Marc Robitaille is President and CEO of Omniplast Inc., Quebec

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