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Question on his family's plastic use leaves Trudeau tongue tied

Question on his family's plastic use leaves Trudeau tongue tied

"By taking a multi-pronged approach - product bans, producer responsibility, support for innovation and research, and most of all reducing plastic in its own operations - the Government of Canada has made a positive and critical first step", JoAnne St. Godard, executive director of RCO, stated in the release. The government of Canada is banning especially the plastic bags which are used and thrown in to dump.

Though it is not specified which items will be banned, single-use products such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks were mentioned as contributors to the country's plastic problem.

Leaving the USA even farther behind in policy created to help the environment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.

He said yesterday: 'To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids.

About one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging.

"It's going to take a little bit of time to make sure we get it absolutely right because this is a big step but we know that we can do this by 2021", Trudeau said.

The environment is shaping up as an issue in Canadian legislative elections set for October.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the political opposition, the Conservative Party of Canada, blasted the plan for lack of details about how it would affect prices for consumers, jobs or small businesses, according to CBC News. "This is not necessary", a man who gave his name as John said.

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"Since our event at the Fox with the Water Brothers, we've been overwhelmed by the many calls to tackle plastic pollution, including from students across our east end community", he said.

The initiative includes requiring manufacturers of plastics to be responsible for the entire life cycle of their products.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the European Union signed on to the Ocean Plastics charter at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec last June, agreeing to find ways to deal with marine plastic litter.

A total of 21 governments have by now taken that pledge, Trudeau said.

"This will most definitely save the City of St. Albert money", she said, as a federal single-use item ban could let the city claw back some of the $96,000 it had approved to create a single-use item reduction strategy.

That debate became even more heated following a press conference regarding the announcement held by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Plastic pollution is a growing threat in Canada and around the world, and we can not afford to ignore it", said Toronto-Danforth MP Julie Dabrusin, who delivered the opening statement at Monday's announcement.