Bill banning plastic exports passes through committee

2021-04-01 ~qThe Liberals have been opposed to the bill since it was first introduced, voting against it at second reading.

A bill proposing to ban exports of non-recyclable plastic waste from Canada to foreign countries narrowly passed through a parliamentary committee Wednesday.

Bill C-204, sponsored by Conservative MP Scot Davidson, was adopted by the environmental committee in a 6-5 vote. Liberal MPs accounted for all votes against.

The committee also passed an amendment requiring the government to implement the bill within 12 months of receiving royal assent.

Conservatives were pushing for six months, while the Liberals wanted two years following guidance from Environment Canada officials who said from an “optimistic view,” it would take about two years to effectively implement the bill.

The vote on amendments was supposed to take place Monday, but Liberal MPs debated that it should be postponed and were accused by the Conservatives and NDP of filibustering.

The Liberals have been opposed to the bill since it was first introduced, voting against it at second reading.

“They’ve spent committee reading letters into the record, speaking at great length, which I can only interpret as filibustering,” NDP MP Laurel Collins said.

Liberals said they wanted more time to debate the bill because they received several letters from Canadian recycling companies in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta citing job loss concerns.

According to one letter that Liberal MP Lloyd Longfield received from Rundle Eco Services Ltd.: “Simply put, passage of Bill C-204 will put Canadian recyclers like Rundle … out of business, our employees will lose their jobs and certain jobs in the service providers … such as construction companies and transport companies, may be in jeopardy.”

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Canada’s National Observer, 1 April 2021
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