OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a hypocrite over plastic cutlery that was available at a lunch meeting he held with youth activists in his Montreal riding.
Trudeau tweeted a picture of himself having lunch on Monday with about half a dozen members of the Papineau Youth Council, including pizzas in cardboard boxes, paper plates, a pitcher of water with glasses, and a handful of plastic forks.
In the photo, nobody is visibly using a fork but they also appear to have barely started lunch. Most of the plates have no food on them, the water pitcher is full and the glasses are empty.
The Liberals have started a regulatory review that’s expected to end with severe restrictions on single-use plastics as soon as 2021. The most wasteful products, including things like straws and plastic cutlery, could be banned outright.
The Tories say the picture shows Trudeau is a phoney environmentalist.
“This is no different than how Justin Trudeau will lecture moms and dads driving their kids to and from hockey practice about their carbon footprint and force them to pay a punishing carbon tax one day, and then on the next day Justin Trudeau will jet away to Florida for a sunny weekend getaway,” the party said in an election-style statement.
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