Catherine McKenna commits to advocate for faster and broader elimination of unnecessary single-use plastics in federal operations, museums and historic sites and federal cafeterias in National Capital Region

OTTAWA, September 21, 2019 – Catherine McKenna, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre, today committed to advocate for faster elimination of unnecessary single-use plastic waste from federal government operations, federal museums, Parks Canada historic sites, and federal cafeterias in Ottawa. Examples could include single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, cups, beverage bottles and plates. She was joined at the announcement by Mona Fortier, Liberal candidate for Ottawa Vanier and Anita Vandenbeld, Liberal candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean.

They made the announcement while volunteering at a cleanup at Remic Rapids Park as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Our government has announced a plan to ban harmful single-use plastics and to hold producers responsible for the plastic waste they produce. We also committed to eliminating the use of unnecessary single-use plastics in government operations, events and meetings and to divert at least 75 percent of the government’s plastic waste by 2030.

Our government’s plan also requires more sustainable purchasing practices in federal government operations and to choose alternatives to single-use plastics whenever possible.

“At the door residents of Ottawa Centre are telling me that they want alternatives to single-use plastics when they visit federal museums or when they are at work in federal government buildings. I know our federal operations are part of the solution and I will advocate to ensure we can achieve our federal goal of eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics.” McKenna said. “I will also advocate for procuring sustainable alternatives locally wherever possible, creating opportunities for local suppliers.”

“Plastic pollution is everywhere – it’s harming our environment, littering our communities, and threatening the health of wildlife and people. Also, the increased use of single-use plastics contributes to climate change. People of all ages in Ottawa Centre are telling me that they want action on this. The federal government has a responsibility to lead. I’m confident we can do more,” McKenna said.

“Our government took a huge first step in committing to ban harmful single-use plastics, and we’re committed to taking a wide variety of actions to reduce plastic pollution. So, the sooner we can stop using unnecessary single-use plastics throughout federal buildings, operations and federal museums, the better,” Mona Fortier said.

“As we mark Climate Week globally, we can do our part locally. Moving faster on eliminating single-use plastics means building a more sustainable economy across Canada, a healthier environment, and a better future for our kids and grandkids,” McKenna concluded.


David Taylor