Canadians have become tired of seeing our beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste.
Less than 10% of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. The world’s largest collection of ocean garbage is now twice the size of Texas, and growing exponentially.
We’ve reached a defining moment, and it’s a problem we simply can’t afford to ignore. Plastic pollution threatens the health of oceans, wildlife, and people.
That is why our federal Liberal government just announced our plan to ban harmful single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks, as early as 2021.
As we move towards banning these harmful plastics, we will ensure that we have exceptions to address accessibility issues – including for people with disabilities who need to use plastic straws.
In other positive news for Mother Nature, it will no longer be legal to keep whales or dolphins in captivity in Canada. The Conservatives voted against this important move forwards for animal rights.
While we take concrete steps to protect the environment, the Conservatives still have no climate plan.
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
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