If you’re a Montreal resident, start hoarding grocery bags, because the government is looking to ban them effective in 2018.
Lawmakers have banned plastic bags smaller than 50 microns, with the exception of small transparent bags used for bulk foods.
The latest example of the Nanny State’s encroachment on consumer and business rights comes as Quebec’s provincial government is yet to release a study addressing whether such bans would even work. The study has been commissioned by the "Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Action against Climate Change," however.
Results in other jurisdictions show mixed findings. Even though reducing the number of plastic bags in circulation can put a dent in pollution, it creates other issues—from contamination of pricey reusable bags to people buying additional bags for alternate uses like garbage collection instead of reusing grocery bags.
Simply put, the net impact isn't yet known, but that hasn't stopped government nannies from legislating regardless.
The broader concern here is that government should not have the right to tell retailers what they can and cannot offer, nor consumers what they're able to use to carry their groceries.