CANADA VOWS TO RE­SOLVE GARBAGE IS­SUE WITH PH

Tempo - - Entertainment - (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said yes­ter­day that his coun­try is com­mit­ted to re­solve the is­sue of the garbage ship­ment that was sent to the Philip­pines in 2013.

Trudeau, in a press con­fer­ence at the In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Cen­ter at the World Trade Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City, ac­knowl­edged that the garbage ship­ment is an is­sue that Canada has been try­ing to re­solve.

Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, he has raised the is­sue with Pres­i­dent Duterte and com­mit­ted that Canada will work to get the garbage back.

“I know it has been a long­stand­ing ir­ri­tant and I com­mit­ted to him, and I’m happy to com­mit to all of you now that Canada is very much en­gaged in find­ing a so­lu­tion on that,” he said.

Trudeau ex­plained that Canada was not able to col­lect the garbage back due to le­gal re­stric­tions in their coun­try which he noted have been re­solved.

“One of the early bar­ri­ers was the Cana­dian le­gal reg­u­la­tions, which pre­vented us from re­ceiv­ing the waste back in Canada, even though it orig­i­nally came from us,” he said.

“Those reg­u­la­tions and im­ped­i­ments have now been ad­dressed but there are still a num­ber of ques­tions like who will pay for, what are the con­se­quences,” he added.

Trudeau said that the ship­ment was a re­sult of a pri­vate trans­ac­tion and that the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment was not in­volved. “This is a pri­vate trans­ac­tion that does not in­volve the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Fifty-five con­tainer vans of garbage from Canada were dis­cov­ered by Cus­toms au­thor­i­ties at the port in Manila. The ship­ments were al­lowed into the coun­try be­cause they were al­legedly dis­guised as re­cy­clable plas­tics.

Trudeau is in the Philip­pines to par­tic­i­pate in the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit and Re­lated Sum­mits, in­clud­ing the East Asia Sum­mit.

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