U.S. industry lobby targeting Canada’s proposed plastics ban

2020-10-20

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Wednesday revealed the government’s preliminary list of banned items, including plastic bags and straws.

Lobbyists for the American plastics industry have set their sights on Canada’s proposed single-use plastics ban, even as Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Wednesday unveiled a preliminary list of banned items that includes plastic bags, straws and utensils.

In a recent letter obtained by POLITICO that was sent to International Trade Minister Mary Ng and several other federal ministers, including Wilkinson, nearly 70 American industry groups claim that any ban on plastic products manufactured in the U.S. “clearly meets the definition of a non-tariff barrier” and could violate Canada’s obligations under the USMCA and the World Trade Organization. The groups, which include the American Chemistry Council, the Plastics Industry Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argue a ban could affect more than $12.1 billion in U.S. exports to Canada. They also claim Ottawa hasn’t consulted with the U.S. or other close trading partners.

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Politico, 20 October 2020
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