June 14, 2024
Trudeau's trash coming home to roost
Container ship MV Bavaria (C), a vessel shipping tonnes of trash back to Canada, arrives at Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation on Subic Port, north of Manila, on May 30, 2019.
Container ship MV Bavaria (C), a vessel shipping tonnes of trash back to Canada, arrives at Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation on Subic Port, north of Manila, on May 30, 2019.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hypocrisy was on full display last Thursday.

In 2013 and 2014, Canada shipped to the Philippines in a private commercial transaction 103 containers falsely declared as recyclable plastic scraps. After disposing of several containers, 69 remained filled with electrical waste and used diapers — all rotting in Philippine ports.

Trudeau could have taken decisive action when he was elected in 2015. After all, isn’t he all about fighting what he now calls a “climate emergency?”

Instead he let the matter fester. This led loopy Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to threaten to “declare war” on Canada if action wasn’t taken by May 15. The outspoken strongman added: “Celebrate because your garbage is coming home. Eat it if you want to.”

It made international headlines.

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