Canada's environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pushing for a ban on plastics at the upcoming G7 meeting.
McKenna made the announcement about her new “zero plastics waste charter” from Cancun, Mexico where she was at an International Conference on the world's oceans. She is asking the world to have 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2030.
Canada, as the host nation, holds the presidency of the G7. It’s an opportunity to build lasting economic relationships with our G7 partners.
But instead - just like our natural resource wealth - Canada will be squandering this incredible opportunity and pushing the world's industrialized countries to adopt new goals for plastic recycling and waste reduction.
Trump is threatening tariffs on our steel if Canada doesn’t come to the table and abandon our social justice interference in NAFTA negotiations. The Canadian dollar has fallen to its lowest point in months as NAFTA, Trump’s advantageous tax regime and an inability to get our resources to market take a bite out of our currency.
Canada has an opportunity at the G7 meeting to rebuild our fractured relationship with our American neighbours, but instead, Canada is lecturing world leaders about their garbage.
Trump is playing chess and Trudeau is busy sorting paper and plastics.