Single-Use Plastics Ban – June 10, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his government’s plans to ban single-use plastics in Canada, by 2021.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters about the federal rebate for the carbon tax.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a news conference to announce his party’s plans to reduce Canadians’ Internet and cell phone bills. Appearing alongside Singh is NDP MP Brian Masse.
By Andrew Thomson | UPDATED June 10, 2019 4:52pmET
Tonight on CPAC: Trudeau Pledges Ban on Single-Use Plastics
We’ll have more coverage on the prime minister’s pledge to ban single-use plastics in Canada by 2021.
"It's going to take a little bit of time to make sure we get it absolutely right because this is a big step," says PM Justin Trudeau as he announces the federal government's plan to ban "harmful" single-use plastics. "But we know we can do this for 2021," the PM says. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/z5t88xye8g— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) June 10, 2019
Confused by what's being promised? Have a look:
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called Trudeau's announcement a "gesture without a plan" that offered few specifics or a detailed economic impact.
"This is clearly just a government that's clutching at straws, trying to change the channel from its scandals," says Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer when asked about the federal government's announcement that it will move toward banning some single-use plastics. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/Tl60gOgLnW— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) June 10, 2019
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On The Hill
It’s an opposition day in the House of Commons, with an NDP motion on the telecom sector and consumer protection:
That, given telecommunication services in Canada cost more than most other countries in the world, leaving far too many Canadians with unaffordable, inadequate or no service at all, the House call on the government to implement measures that will make those services more affordable, including:
(a) a price cap to ensure every Canadian saves money on their bill;
(b) abolishing data caps for broadband Internet and mandating that companies create unlimited data plans at affordable rates for wireless services;
(c) putting an end to egregious and outrageous sales and services practices through a Telecom Consumers’ Bill of Rights;
(d) revisiting the structure of the spectrum auction to make sure everyday Canadians benefit most from the revenue, rather than repeating the failures of previous Liberal and Conservative governments, which squandered almost $20 billion from previous auctions; and
(e) directing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to reverse their rural and remote broadband implementation policy, which condemns these areas, including many Indigenous communities, to years of substandard broadband and wireless services.
"What we need to do is make decisions that protect people. Right now the decisions have been made to protect these powerful corporations that allow them to exploit Cdns," says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh re his party's motion aimed at making telecom service more affordable. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ACB7o5utky— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) June 10, 2019
Time allocation is also expected this evening on the government's legislation (C-101).
MPs have passed the bill to ban the captivity of cetaceans -- dolphins, porpoises, and whales.
S-203 would also prosecute a person who: "promotes, arranges, conducts, assists in, receives money for or takes part in any meeting, competition, exhibition, pastime, practice, display or event at or in the course of which captive cetaceans are used for performance for entertainment purposes," without approval from a provincial government.
The penalty: a summary conviction and fine up to $200,000.
A grandfather clause in S-203 applies to animals in current captivity at locations such as MarineLand in Niagara Falls, Ont. Exceptions would also be made for medical treatment, scientific research, or for the "the best interests of the cetacean’s welfare."
The foreign affairs committee looks at human rights in Russia with former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler and opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza (Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom). WATCH LIVE at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Federal environment commissioner Julie Gelfand testifies about her recent reports at the environment committee. WATCH LIVE at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT
In the Senate, Bill C-48 remains on the order paper after the chamber voted down a committee report calling for an end to the legislation that would ban oil tanker traffic along British Columbia’s northern coast.