STATEMENT: Study on plastics ban to examine economic impact

October 20, 2020

EDMONTON, AB – Matt Jeneroux, the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend, releases the below statement following a motion he proposed at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development to study the impacts of the recently announced ban on single-use plastics:

“When the Liberals announced that they would ban single-use plastics like grocery bags and cutlery by the end of new year, many business owners were caught off guard. Right now, restaurants are relying on takeout to keep afloat during the pandemic and having to factor in new costs to accommodate these measures could be devastating.

“At the second meeting of the Environment Committee, I moved a motion to study the proposed ban’s impact on Canadian small businesses and plastics productions, including the impact to jobs. The committee is to complete its study by the end of this year and present its findings to the House of Commons.

“Like most Canadians, I want to ensure we’re treating our environment right so we can preserve it for future generations. However, making big changes like this will have spinoff impacts and we must ensure that we perform our due diligence as Parliamentarians to protect the livelihoods of Canadians.”