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2,971 days in office
42nd Parliament of Canada
03 Dec 2015 - 11 Sep 2019
43rd Parliament of Canada
05 Dec 2019 - 15 Aug 2021
44th Parliament of Canada
22 Nov 2021 - Present

The Canadian federal election of 2021 (officially the 44th Canadian general election) took place on September 20, 2021, and elected members of the House of Commons to Canada’s 44th Parliament. The Liberal Party, led by outgoing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won 160 seats, forming a second consecutive minority government.

The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases. This number was reduced to 352 by an extensive, multi-coder process of sorting promises according to their degree of precision and importance to society. Unclear and less important promises were removed from the analysis.

For an analysis of the achievements of Justin Trudeau’s first government (2015-2019), see Birch and Pétry (2019), Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government. 353 promises and a mandate for change, published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

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Promise History

3.05.146 - “We will […] [e]nd plastic waste by 2030.”

Published: Nov 2021
In progress

“Last week, a Federal Court judge ruled that the government’s move to list all plastic items as toxic was “unreasonable and unconstitutional.” Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Justice Minister Arif Virani announced the government’s intention to appeal in a joint statement on Monday. […] The move to list plastic items as toxic was a key step that allowed Ottawa to proceed with a ban on six single-use plastic items, including straws and shopping bags.”

In progress

“The Government of Canada is working with all levels of government, industry, non-government organizations, researchers and Canadians to take action on plastic waste and pollution.”

In progress

« À partir de décembre 2023, six produits de plastique à usage unique seront interdits au pays, ce qui devrait permettre de retirer 1,3 million de tonnes des sites d’enfouissement au cours des 10 prochaines années. »

In progress

“The Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations (SUPPR) are part of the Government of Canada’s comprehensive plan to address pollution, meet its target of zero plastic waste by 2030 […] // The Regulations prohibit the manufacture, import and sale of single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics, ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws.””

In progress

“Since December 20, 2022, the manufacture and import for sale in Canada of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks and straws (i.e., straight straws), as defined in the Regulations, are prohibited.”

In progress

“As part of Canada’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030, we will require plastic packaging in Canada to contain at least 50% recycled content by 2030.”

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Forward. For Everyone.

Published: Nov 2021

Reference Documents

“This consultation was open from July 25, 2022 to October 07, 2022. // The Government of Canada was seeking feedback on the development of labelling rules to improve the accuracy of recyclability and compostability information found on plastic packaging and single-use items. This consultation paper outlined the Government’s current understanding of the issue and proposed potential approaches for establishing a labelling regime for recyclable and compostable plastics in Canada.”

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