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Trudeau’s plastic ban may be in violation of USMCA & WTO’s agreements: industry groups

Back in June of 2019, Trudeau announced plans to ban single-use plastics – which could include bags, straws and cutlery – in Canada.

That ban, however, is considered a violation of the new deal Canada had signed with the United Stated and Mexico. According to a recent letter sent by The Vinyl Institute (a trade organization representing 3,000 manufacturing facilities) to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer, Ned Monroe, CEO and president, writes that they are “deeply concerned that proposals in Canada to designate plastic as a “toxic substance” under the (Canada Environmental Protection Act) are potentially inconsistent with Chapter 12 of the USMCA and Canada’s obligation under the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.”

A second letter was sent to the American Embassy in Ottawa, adding concerns about whether the ban would have a negative impact on medical supplies, stating: “Furthermore, we believe that this could impact the production of everyday products that keep individuals healthy and safe in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic and disrupt efforts by the two countries to be reliable integrated suppliers of PPE.”

Back when the ban was announced, PM Justin Trudeau painted a rosy picture of what it would do and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada claimed that it “won’t affect billions of dollars in new petrochemical projects coming on stream in Alberta and Ontario”. However, the reality is that Canadian manufacturers are worried about the impact this will have on jobs, the economy and overall health of Canadians (with or without a pandemic).

The Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Businesses of Canada (CCMBC) launched a petition against the ban with the title: “Plastic Saves Lives” which gathered over 4,000 signatures so far.

Wondering what else Plastic saves? check out the graphics below

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