OTTAWA – In honour of Worlds Oceans Day 2018 on June 8th, Member of Parliament Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan – Malahat – Langford) is asking everyone to support fellow Islander Member of Parliament Gord Johns (Courteny – Alberni) campaign to keep plastics out of our oceans.

For years industry and individuals have ignored the flow of plastics into our oceans and waterways.  Over time we have come to understand how damaging this is to the health and well-being of our wildlife, sensitive ecosystems, and communities.  Globally, if this practice goes unchanged it is projected that by 2050 plastics in our oceans will outweigh fish.

“Canada has no national policy to prevent plastics from entering our waters and oceans, and no mechanisms to clean-up the pollution that is already there,” stated MacGregor. “We think of ourselves to be world leaders, yet we are lagging behind 40 Counties around the world that have already created strategies to curb plastic use.”

On November 2, 2017, MP Johns put forward Motion M-151, A National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution. The motion to the House of Commons aims to create permanent, dedicated, and annual funding for community led clean-up projects; reduce consumer and industrial use of ‘single-use’ plastics; create a plan to clean-up derelict fishing gear; and promote education and an outreach campaigns on the root causes and negative environmental effects of plastic pollution.

“We need to do more to change the plastics economy in Canada, and we can start by cleaning up our oceans”, said MacGregor. “Future generations deserve to enjoy a healthy natural environment.”

 MacGregor is asking people to support this campaign by sign the petition he has on his website: