Toronto, November 17 (Xinhua) - The Canadian Federal Court has issued a ruling on November 16, overturning the Canadian federal government's decision to list all plastic products as toxic substances under the country's environmental protection law, stating that the Canadian government's decision is "unreasonable and unconstitutional".
Judge Angela Flanetto ruled that listing all plastic products as hazardous is unreasonable because the categories are too broad. At the same time, she believes that the Canadian government's decision "poses a threat to the balance of federalism".
A cabinet decision made by the Canadian government in 2021 includes plastic products as toxic substances, thereby imposing a ban on the production, import, and use of six types of plastic products, including plastic tableware, straws, and shopping bags. Production and import bans have been implemented since December last year, while sales bans are planned to be implemented gradually from December this year.
Enterprises related to the plastic industry, including multiple petroleum and chemical companies, have raised doubts and initiated lawsuits against the federal government's decision. Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces subsequently intervened, accusing the federal government of exceeding its authority to intervene in provincial affairs.
In response to the federal court's ruling, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Gilbert has issued a statement stating that the Canadian government is seriously considering whether to appeal. He also stated that the Canadian people have clearly expressed their desire to take action to prevent plastic from entering people's environment.
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